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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Calves! Steers! Hogs! Let's have offers! the stockbreeders: There's nothing left.
What could be sold We've sold. THE PACKERS: Nothing left? The railroad pens
Are clogged with livestock. the stockbreeders: All sold. THE PACKERS: Sold to ...
They aren't buying. the packers: Two thousand steers wanted at seventy. slift (to
Mauler standing by a pillar): Push them higher. mauler: I see you fellows haven't
kept the contract I Concluded with you in the hope of making Jobs for the workers
Give them their steers and let them off the hook. Enough's enough, this city needs
A breathing spell and I have other worries. This throttling, Slift, does not amuse
me Nearly as much as I expected. (He sees the second detective.) Have you ...