Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion presents
Located in the historic Tulpehocken Station District of Philadelphia, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s Victorian Theatre Company is committed to staging plays that interpret the era between 1837 and 1901 for a contemporary audience while being surrounded by the ornate interiors of the city’s only authentically restored Victorian house museum.
Scroll to view images from past shows, a list of upcoming shows, recent testimonials, and a brief bio of the creators.
The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is the only Victorian house museum in Philadelphia. Enjoy live Victorian Theatre events, or come tour the 17-room Victorian mansion and gardens for a unique glimpse into our past.
Josh Hitchens founded the Victorian Theatre program at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion in 2010. He works in Philadelphia as a director, actor, and playwright. Josh is also a resident director for BrainSpunk Theater and has been a storyteller for the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for eight years. joshhitchens.weebly.com
Jay Efran, a member of the Society of American Magicians, has provided special effects and technical advice for the Mansion’s productions. His theatrical creations have earned awards from the Philadelphia City Council and the Mt. Airy Neighborhood Alliance. Locally, he has designed special effects for the Narberth Community Theatre and the Moorestown Theatre Company.
Murder Mystery 2015: The Case of the Cursed Doll – Saturday, October 24, Sunday, October 25, Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, 2015. On Halloween night in 1867, William Hunter, Jr. died in a mysterious fall from Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s attic window. In the room was a doll named Lydia. Since then, there have been thirteen more strange deaths in the house, and the doll is always present. To this day, people whisper about the curse. A group of paranormal investigators arrive at the Mansion to solve the mystery, but end up in the middle of another haunting murder. Can you solve The Case of the Cursed Doll? CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or call 215-438-1861 for information and tickets. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Reservations are required.
Dickens Christmas Party – Saturday, December 12, 2015 – One of the Mansion’s most beloved events returns. Visit the Mansion on Saturday afternoon, December 12th for an afternoon of 19th century themed entertainment including Victorian Christmas carolers, Louisa May Alcott reading one of her Christmas stories and Josh Hitchens as Charles Dickens in a compelling one-man performance of Dickens’ beloved story, “A Christmas Carol.” CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or call 215-438-1861 for information and tickets. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016 – adapted and directed by Josh Hitchens. As part of the Mansion’s continued devotion to women’s history, Little Women, one of America’s most beloved Victorian novels, will come to life in the Mansion’s circa 1860’s parlor. Seating for Little Women is limited in order to create an intimate setting for the play. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or call 215-438-1861. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Friday, May 13, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2016 – adapted and directed by Josh Hitchens. Continuing the Mansion’s emphasis on 19th century women’s history, a one-woman performance of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story will be presented in the parlor. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is the story of a woman who is locked in an upstairs bedroom by her physician to “recover” from “temporary nervous depression.” The Mütter Museum will host an academic symposium to accompany the Mansion’s theatrical rendition of “The Yellow Wallpaper” featuring a moderator and three speakers, followed by a discussion. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the play or call 215-438-1861 for information and tickets. Reservations for the symposium can be made through The Mütter Museum’s website.
“Fantastic show Saturday night! We look forward to more productions. Please pass along my feedback to the cast.” Chuck Gallagher
“The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is the place to go for theater. It doesn’t get much better than watching a Victorian era production in the intimacy of this Victorian Mansion’s thirty five seat theater. I always feel like I am experiencing the drama with the actors who are so close I could touch them. These productions have a whole different feel than a run of the mill theater. Count me in for the next show.” Lee Besse
“Seeing Josh Hitchens perform Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is a total immersion experience – a Victorian author in an intimate and authentic Victorian setting – as well as a marvelous holiday tradition. Hitchens’ one-man show is brilliant. The audience is easily convinced that the actor has transformed himself into a young Charles Dickens, who then effortlessly takes on the persona of one character after another in a timeless tale that’s universally appealing to all ages. A simply wonderful evening!” Cordelia Frances Biddle