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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Joan comes in with the stockbreeders and a few workers. joan: We'll lure him out
of his hole the way we'd catch a cricket. You stand over there, because if he
hears me singing he'll try to avoid me by slipping out the other way. Because he ...
The sight of them won't scare me. slift (steps out. To the stockbreeders): To save
the state of Illinois and avert the ruin of its farmers and stockbreeders, Pierpont
Mauler has decided to buy up all the livestock on the market. But the contracts
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 whom? Mauler