I am currently running a group through "Tell Me, Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?" from The Great Old Ones that I am modifying (on the fly) to 7ed rules. I am expecting that the investigators are going to finally find a copy of The King in Yellow (the play), but, they will only have a few days (or, maybe only a day!) before they really need to have digested the play (basically, before the critical events of Mardi Gras ...).
That having been said, I am expecting that the best way for them to ALL get insights from the play will be to have a group reading -- out loud -- of the play among each other. This will probably occur in a somewhat bohemian (read: room filled with candles, oriental rugs, and incense (and other?) smokes wafting about) context.
The challenge is that the summary of the the play is minimal within the text box provided in "Tell Me, Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?" itself, so, I was planning to reproduce and have the various investigators read portions from the scene-by-scene summary of the play that is found in Tatters of the King. The problem, though, is that the end of the play is slightly different in these two summaries.
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In "Tell Me, Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?," the summary of the play describes the Pallid Mask being tortured and dying as the King in Yellow arrives. This seems to parallel the fate of Randall Fowler. On the other hand, in Tatters of the King, there is no such scene of the Pallid Mask being tortured and dying. One could argue that Act Two, Scene 1 (there is a misprint in Tatters of the King that identifies this part of the play as Act Two, Scene 2 ... compare pages 21 and 22) could be interpreted as a type of "interrogation" (not exactly torture). In addition, in Act Two, Scened 2, it is said that the Stranger (i.e., Pallid Mask) "collapses" and is renewed by the King in Yellow (not exactly dying ...).
So ... does anyone have a suggestion regarding how to resolve all of this? I'm happy to just fiddle around with the scene-by-scene summaries to make them fit slightly better with the events in "Tell Me, Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?," but, I'm just curious how folks have traditionally dealt with summarizing "The King in Yellow"?