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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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. If
you'll agree with us it's time for action And all decide to sweep it from the earth ...
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. I'll talk to him. If he
comes over, tell him you're looking for work. Then you'll see what these people
are like ...
And so it is that those On top inevitably want those below to Stay there for all
eternity and never rise. And anyway, there have to be more people down below
Than up on top to keep the seesaw in position For that's the way with seesaws.