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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Meanwhile the roar of the Livestock Exchange goes on: Steers 43, Hogs jj,
Calves 19, etc. mauler: Very well, tell them that I'll see them. But tell them too that
they are not to say A single word unless I ask them first. I want no tears or hymns
They belonged to Luckerniddle, the man who had the accident. the young fellow:
Oh please sir, don't tell anybody. I'll take them right off. I'm in a bad way. Last year
the twenty cents extra they pay in the fertilizer cellars tempted me to work on ...
I was meaning to tell you. They put the new tunic on him. snyder: How do you like
this plain tunic? It was all we were allowed to give you. a black straw hat: The old
gentleman's going to look so handsome he'll put all the rich meat-kings in the ...