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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A voice (from the rear): There's still some jobs open at Mauler's. The workers go
out except for a few women. joan (gloomily): Pack up the instruments. Did you
see how they all beat it when the soup ran out? Those people rise no higher than
The drums of the Black Straw Hats and Joan's voice are heard. joan's voice:
Pierpont Mauler! Where is Mauler? mauler: What's that drjumming I hear? Who's
The Black Straw Hats enter, singing their battle hymn. THE BLACK STRAW HATS
Joan has stopped still and started walking in a different direction. voice (Joan
stops still): We sent you on a mission. Our situation was critical. We didn't know
who you were. Possibly You would carry out our mission and possibly You would