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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... as Life Story of a Man Called Baal. Neither became anything formally very
original or outside the theatrical establishment. Four years later, by contrast, he
was staging The Mother, a Lehrstiick-like piece of Communist music theatre with
The Runyon-like story which he outlined to her (in no. 146 of his Letters 1913-19^
6) was like a flippant version of their earlier preoccupations, featuring Dick
Ecclesia, 'the worst criminal in all Chicago, very much feared', and Mimosa Bess, '
Hauptmann herself had written a magazine story about it, called 'Bessie So-and-
so' and set in San Francisco in 1906. There were other pastiche Army songs too
which might serve, such as the Salvationists' opening chorus (into which Weill ...