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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Moreover the business story with its wealthy tycoons was only waiting to be given
life; it could be substituted for the rather silly gangster theme to make a much
stronger and more interesting 'battle between good and evil': meat millionaire ...
Four days now I've been Out here in the cold. And four nights too. Waiting But no
one says a word to me. And my husband Doesn't come out. But get this straight. I'
m going To stand here till I get to see him, and God help you if you've hurt him.
mrs luckerniddle: I'm waiting for someone who said he'd be here today or
tomorrow. What is there today? waiter: Lentils. joan: There she sits. I thought she
was as firm as a rock, yet feared She'd come tomorrow. And now she's run here