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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JOAN : Sure , let them carry you away . While we toil like farm horses at our
mission work Look at what you people do up here ! You sent word that I wasn ' t
to speak But who are you , trying to muzzle the Lord ? When nobody even has a
Likewise may her glorious Voice speak out for you and me . Castigating infamy
Let it speak for all of us . SNYDER : Arise , Joan of the Stockyards Advocate of the
poor Consoler of the lowest depths ! JOAN : What a wind in the depths !
I too Would like to speak with him . I ' ll come with you , Joan . He takes his hat ,
turns to a Black Straw Hat , says Elisa , tell the major I ' m going out for a breather
. I don ' t care for these business practices here . They really shouldn ' t be ...