translated by Ralph Manheim
Like The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Happy End, Saint Joan of the Stockyards is set in a mythical Chicago. Brecht's Saint Joan is a Salvation Army lieutenant who challeges the power of Pierpont Mauler, the Meat King.
The play is full of pastiche and parody and stems from the time of world economic crisis around 1929-32, a crucial period of creativity and political experiment for Brecht. However, it was never staged in his lifetime.
Saint Joan of the Stockyards was first produced in Hamburg in 1959, three years after Brecht's death. The first production by the Berliner Ensemble was in 1968.