Saint Joan of the Stockyards
Bloomsbury Academic, 07.12.2010 - 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.
The play, which was never staged in Brecht's lifetime, is published here with a new translation, a full introduction and Brecht's own notes on the text.
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V, Si/ Introduction vii SAINT JOAN OF THE STOCKYARDS I NOTES AND
VARIANTS Texts by Brecht (a) Preliminary Note to the Stage Script 115 (b) Note
to Saint Joan of the Stockyards 1 16 (c) Meaning of Saint Joan of the Stockyards
118 (d) ...
Editorial Notes (a) General structure There are four principal scripts or versions
prior to 1945: (a) a loosely assembled sequence of scenes and episodes,
incomplete as to scenes 9 and 10; (b) the 11-scene duplicated stage script sent
out by ...
Buhnenfassung, Fragmente, Var- iante (Frankfurt a/M, 1971).] (c) Final scene 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