Maroon Tales: The Indiscretions of Yvonne

1920s crossdressing, scandalous pranks, and ooky-spooky horror, oh my!

by Will J. Cuppy (adapted by Ren Robins)

Maroon Tales: The Indiscretions of Yvonne

FOR APRIL 20TH SHOW (10 PM): We are doing a standalone show at 10 PM https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/YCUP/rsvp_boot?id=1587617

FOR APRIL 22ND SHOW (MIDNIGHT): We will be the midnight slot in Michael Gancz’s All-Nighter Festival. See this link to reserve a spot! https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/yslc/rsvp_boot?id=1584450

 
Will J Cuppy was a very strange man. A satirist at heart, he lived at times as a hermit on Jones Beach Island (before it was a tourist attraction), and at other points in a small Manhattan apartment, where he was basically nocturnal and lived off black coffee, and small sporadic meals of peas, meat, and bread. He’d spend long stretches in his flat, reading vast quantities of text and recording his thoughts on thousands of 3 by 5 index cards he kept strewn about. Even so, Cuppy was a funny and personable man, and had some dear friends who respected him greatly. Threatened with eviction, he commited suicide in 1949 at the age of 65.
 
Cuppy’s first published work – a collection of short stories he wrote while at UChicago called the Maroon Tales (1907) – is surely his most overlooked. “The Indiscretions of Yvonne de la Plaisance” is one story from the collection. It is funny,  enjoyable, and downright strange. It captures a certain early 1900s collegiate prankster energy while tackling gender fluidity and co-education issues. It reads like some glorious cross between a horror story, a jazz age tale, and a coming of age episode. Sort of halloweeney, gay, 1920s collegiate chaos. There are multiple plot twists. 
 
Maroon Tales is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. 
 
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Patron Information

FOR APRIL 20TH SHOW (10 PM): We are doing a standalone show 10 pm. https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/YCUP/rsvp_boot?id=1587617

FOR APRIL 22ND SHOW (MIDNIGHT): We will be the midnight slot in Michael Gancz’s All-Nighter Festival. See this different link to reserve a spot! https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/yslc/rsvp_boot?id=1584450

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date vaccination status.

Front of House staff will be checking tickets, IDs, and proof of vaccination.

Yale-approved masks  are required for all audience members.

Shooting Period

March 15, 2022 to April 15, 2022

Performers

Squib (“Yvonne de la Plaisance”)
Professor Lampsen
Stephan Oliveira
Bugs Landon
Red Wallace
Frank ("Lucretia")
Matt Murphy
Frank Understudy
Petey (“Raggio, Count di Bummi”)
Priya Vasu
Al (“Otto Von Picklescnitzel”)
Amrita Vetticaden
Milton Gordon ("Jester")
Wakefield
The Watchman/Professor Bundy/Court Dancer
Ondrej Blaha

Screening Information

Lighten Theater, Pauli Murray College
April 20, 2022 - 10:00pm

Production Team

Director
Producer
Costume Designer
Props Designer
Set Designer
Stage Manager
Elizabeth Duque
Assistant
Stage Manager
Aman Heyer
Cinematographer
Sound Team
Lighting Team
Editor
Stephan Oliveira
Dramaturg
Brian Kane
Makeup Artist
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