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Saint Joan of the Stockyards

by Bertolt Brecht
Direction: Peter Kleinert


Co-production with the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst »Ernst Busch« Berlin and the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes 

Chicago, 1932. A fierce power struggle is being fought by the city’s meat barons. Speculation initially causes prices to plummet before eventually – after everyone has sold up – sending them through the roof. Pierpont Mauler uses insider information to sedulously manipulate market conditions, competitors and stock prices – to the detriment of the meat packers, clerks and small shareholders. Soon, the workers and clerks are threatened with closure, unemployment and starvation. Joan Dark, whose »Black Straw Hats« group advocates help, compassion and charity, is indignant – she believes in the good in man, identifies poverty as the reason for the workers’ misery and declares war on the situation. She’s worn down by a system which forces all opposition through the meat grinder and eventually disgorges it to its own profitable ends. Brecht wrote his play in 1932 against the backdrop of a global economic crisis, incorporating his study of Marx’s »Capital« and using Schiller’s »The Maid of Orleans« as a foil. Berlin, 2013. Working with an ensemble of young acting students from the »Ernst Busch« Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin, Peter Kleinert stages Brecht’s drama about the pursuit of justice, a profit-driven system and the individual in a fight for what is good and against society. The director and ensemble jointly re-examine the possibility of altruism in an inhumane world from the perspective of the present day.

Rehearsal trailer

Trailer

Duration: ca. 135 minutes

Premieres on 27 November 2013 in Rennes
Premieres on 7 December in Berlin

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Rehearsal trailer

Trailer