saint joan of the stockyards

by Bertolt Brecht | MAY 4-6, 2017 | 8PM | ROBLE STUDIO THEATER

Boom, bust and blood. Bertolt Brecht’s Saint Joan of the Stockyards chronicles the social worker Joan Dark’s futile battle with the gruesome corruption of the meatpacking industry. Charity and good will are no match for the all-conquering machinery of capital as it devours cattle and workers alike. Featuring an all-women cast and a riot grrrl punk chorus, this production splatters audiences with the raw, extreme horror of economic and environmental injustices, just as fresh (or rotten) now as they were when the play was written in 1931.

Jessi Piggott is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford's Department of Theater and Performance Studies. received an M.A. in Theater Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin where she studied as a DAAD scholarship holder. Her thesis explored monstrous strategies of Shakespearean adaptation in the work of German playwright Heiner Müller. Originally from Canada, Jessi completed her B.A. in the drama honors program at the University of Alberta with a focus on critical theory, solo and clown performance, and directing. Current research interests include embodiments of monstrosity in contemporary performance, postdramatic theater, and intersections of politics and performance.


This production is sold out. Tickets may be made available on performance nights through our waitlist program.

where to go

This performance is in the new Roble Studio Theater, located in Roble Gym. For directions and parking info, CLICK HERE.


This production is produced in collaboration with Stanford Women* in Theater and with the support of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research