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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Together with Emil Hesse - Burri , an amateur boxer who had worked with them
on Man equals Man , they started a play about Dan Drew and the Erie Railroad ,
then another dealing ( like Norris ' s novel ) with the mechanics ...
They started Asking us about jobs . A WORKER ( front ) : O God ! Another column
from over there ! Endless ! Mauler too Has closed . Where are we to turn ? THE
BLACK STRAW HATS ( to Joan ) : Let ' s go . We ' re wet and frozen stiff . We ' ve
Stay there ! Let ' s know where you ' re from . THE OLD GENTLEMAN : I ' m
having no truck with you . Rude people . Woman : He started walking , and now
he ' s running like a ferret . What kind of dirt is he trying to pick up ? Joan comes