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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stage , she instantly makes the Salvationist a recognisable fighter for her people ,
a credible visionary and a worthy antagonist for powerful and nasty men . More
practically perhaps , she provided a great part for Carola Neher , the Hallelujah ...
And secondly , if this was really such a remarkable work , why were the theatres
not falling over one another to stage it ? Some idea of the kind of performance
that Brecht had in mind can be got from the unpublished recording of the 1932 ...
... of the stage script Much as in Caspar Neher ' s stage design for the finale of
Happy End , which likewise centres on the chorus ' Hosanna Rockefeller ' , the
setting here is not the refurbished mission house of all subsequent versions , but