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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Wait until we arrive ! Take courage now , my brothers , we ' ll see that you survive
! There ' s hope for every sinner You ' ll eat a decent dinner You have to stay alive
. So never say that nobody can change things That inequality is ours from birth ...
... s to blame for my sticking my hand in the tin cutting machine . There he sits ,
stuffing his belly . Let ' s make sure it ' s the last time he stuffs at our expense .
Better give me your blackjack . Mine looks too flimsy . SLIFT ( to Joan ) : Stay here
Are down below , and they will stay up top Only so long as the others stay down .
They ' d be On top no longer if the others , leaving their Old place , came up . And
so it is that those On top inevitably want those below to Stay there for all eternity ...