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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All turn away and stand up. joan: Stay where you are, it doesn't matter. The Lord's
soup will never run out. the workers: When will you finally Open your crawling
cellars You butchers of men? Groups form. a man: Now how will I finish paying
THE BLACK STRAW HATS: The dykes of faith have burst In our city of Chicago
And the muddy waters of materialism Are threatening to engulf its last temple.
Look, it's tottering; look, it's sinking! But stand fast, for the rich Mr Mauler is coming
... mauler: I don't wish to give offence, but before discussing details with You I
would like to ask where You stand on the labour question. the old gentleman: Er.
mauler: So where do You stand? the old gentleman: Well, 134 Notes and