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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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
JOAN : Nothing . THE WORKER : But they spoke to you . JOAN : They thought I
was somebody else . AN OLD MAN ( to Joan ) : Say , you ' re shivering . Want a
slug of whiskey ? ( Joan drinks . ) Stop ! Stop ! You ' ve had enough to kill a mule .
Suddenly one of the men from the union headquarters stops walking and talks to
the soldiers . THE LABOUR LEADER : If you ' re ... I want you to stop a second so
I can tell you why you arrested us , because you don ' t know . THE SOLDIERS ...