Saint Joan of the Stockyards
Bloomsbury Academic, 01.12.2010 - 160 Seiten
In this version of the story of Joan of Arc, Brecht transforms her into 'Joan Dark', a member of the 'Black Straw Hats' (a Salvation Army-like group) in twentieth century Chicago. The play charts Joan's battle with Pierpont Mauler, the unctuous owner of a meat-packing plant. Like her predecessor, Joan is a doomed woman, a martyr and (initially, at least) an innocent in a world of strike-breakers, fat cats, and penniless workers. Like many of Brecht's plays it is laced with humor and songs as part of its epic dramaturgical structure.
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While still singing , the Black Straw Hats start handing out their little tract , ' The
War Cry ' , spoons and bowls of soup . The workers say ' Thank you ' . Then they
listen to Joan ' s speech . JOAN : We are soldiers of God . Because of our hats ...
Three workers leave their full soup bowls and run away . JOAN : Hey , you ,
where are you running so fast ? When you ' re being told about God ! I guess that
' s something you don ' t care to hear about ! A BLACK STRAW HAT : We ' re out
... the rusting stockyards The masses have been standing , freed at last from work
. Delievered from all shelter they are standing In rain and snow While over them
hangs an unknown fate . Dear Mr Mulberry , some hot soup now Hot soup with ...