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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Buy canned meat, you wholesalers! Fresh and succulent canned meat! Mauler &
Cridle's Leaf Lard! Graham's tasty loins of beef! Wilder's Kentucky salt pork! the
wholesalers: And there was stillness on the face of the waters And sky-blue ruin ...
... for bread If your trust is in your Maker. In His bosom rest your head Harm will
spare your house and acre. How should snow and how should sleet Fall where
He has set His feet? THE WHOLESALERS: The 4<3 Saint Joan of the Stockyards
THE WHOLESALERS: The man is crazy in the head. This country's stomach Is
glutted with canned meat. It's in revolt. And now he's making them can meat that "
No onejyilljSujr. His name is anathema. THE STOCKBREEDERS: All right, you ...