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.
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, provides 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.
Tribulation Periwinkle as adapted and directed by Josh Hitchens – Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, 2017 – While serving as a nurse during the Civil War, Louisa May Alcott wrote letters to her family describing her experiences. At the urging of friends, she fictionalized them for publishing. Initially the stories were printed in a Boston magazine. Later the entire collection became available in book form entitled Hospital Sketches. As part of the Mansion’s continued devotion to women’s history, a live performance of one of Alcott’s Civil War nursing stories as interpreted by Josh Hitchens is presented in the parlor. Christina Higgins portrays the nurse in a one-woman performance. Ms. Higgins brought Jo March to life in the Mansion’s critically acclaimed production of Alcott’s Little Women. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or call 215-438-1861. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Anne of Green Gables as adapted and directed by Josh Hitchens – Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017 – Continuing to showcase the voices of Victorian women, the Mansion is pleased to present Anne of Green Gables. The novel, written in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is the story of an orphan girl who is erroneously sent to a middle-aged brother and sister who wanted to adopt a boy to help them on their farm on Prince Edward Island. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or call 215-438-1861. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Murder Mystery 2017: Death Takes a Curtain Call – Saturday, October 21, 2017, Sunday, October 22, 2017, Saturday, October 28, 2017, Sunday, October 29. 2017. We’re in the House of Usher and Lenore has been murdered. We meet Poe and characters from his story to decide who murdered Lenore. Can you solve Mystery in the House of Usher? 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 9, 2017 – One of the Mansion’s most beloved events returns. Visit the Mansion on Saturday afternoon, December 10th 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.” Santa Claus will be at the Mansion from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or call 215-438-1861 for information and tickets. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
“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