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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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 rim of a bowl. They Believe in nothing but what
They hold in ...
Placards reading: 'General strike in support of the locked-out stockyard workers!'
Outside a shed two men from union headquarters are talking with a group of
workers. Joan comes along. joan: Are you the people who are running things for
The noise of shooting and the appearance of the arrested workers are pushed
back towards the end of the episode, along with a new verse exchange about the
use of force (which Joan discourages and the workers think inevitable). This too