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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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
Especially no maudlin blubber . Also tell them Their best advantage lies in
Impressing me ...
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 the bone mill . It affected my lungs and gave me an
SNYDER : Do you imagine we can pick and choose our benefactors ? And you
so insistent on humility . The new tunic is brought in . SNYDER : Sh . The staff
mustn ' t know about this . I was meaning to tell you . They put the new tunic on