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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I ' ll shut down and wait for The market to pick up . ... into leather Then parting with
its bristles , used for brushes And lastly casting off its bones – which give us bone
meal – It ' s forced by gravity into the can That ' s waiting down below .
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 ...
That ' s why these letters , announcing that the light and power workers have
called a sympathy strike , have to be delivered to the delegates who ' ll be waiting
for instructions from us at various points in the stockyards at ten o ' clock tonight .