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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Those who scream As the colossus falls don't stop to see Which way it falls and
whom it crushes. Mauler, our money! the packers: Eighty thousand cans at fifty.
But hurry! the wholesalers: Not one single can! Silence. The drums of the Black ...
Stop! Stop! You've had enough to kill a mule. a woman: Some nerve! joan: Did
you say something? the woman: I sure did. Some nerve! Drinking up the old
man's whiskey! joan: Shut up, you ninny! Hey, where's my scarf? They've gone
Suddenly one of the men from the union headquarters stops walking and talks to
the soldiers. the labour leader: If you're taking us to jail, there's something you
ought to know. We did what we did because we want to help people like you.