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.

Learn about the history of Victorian Theatre at the Mansion: http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/05/05/josh-hitchens-diane-richardson-molly-edelman-megan-edelman-discuss-anne-green-gables-victorian-theatre-ebenezer-maxwell-mansion/

Death Takes a Curtain Call

Presented by: Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

A  traveling theatre troupe has come to the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion to perform the classic Victorian melodrama “Sweeney Todd.” As the show begins, the lights suddenly go out and the leading man is found murdered. But who killed him? And what weapon was used to commit the crime? Was it the jealous Leading Lady with the poisoned pie? Was it the creepy Understudy with the razor? Or the dastardly Director with the meat cleaver? It’s up to you to find out whodunnit!

Death Takes a Curtain Call is written and directed by Josh Hitchens with special effects by Jay Efran

                                                   Presentations of Death Takes a Curtain Call

                                                           Saturday, October 21, 2017 beginning at 5:30 pm

                                                          Sunday, October 22, 2017 beginning at 2:30 pm

                                                           Saturday, October 28, 2017 beginning at 5:30 pm

                                                             Sunday, October 29, 2017 beginning at 2:30 pm

                                                    Ticket Cost: Individual: $16 – Groups of six or more: $14

                                                   Buy tickets online CLICK HERE or call (215) 438-1861



Anne of Green Gables

 as interpreted by Josh Hitchens

Continuing to showcase the voices of Victorian women, the Mansion is pleased to present Anne of Green Gables in May 2017. The novel, written in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is the story of an orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to a middle-aged brother and sister who wanted to adopt a boy to help them on their farm on Prince Edward Island. The play, set in the Mansion’s parlor, will recount the story of  growing up in the small town of Avonlea. This performance can be enjoyed by children of all ages as well as adults. Cast members include Molly Edelman as Anne Shirley and Megan Edelman as Diana Barry.

Cost: $35, Member cost: $30. A reception is included with the ticket price.

Friday, May 5, 2017,  performance begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 6, 2017, performance begins at 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 7, 2017, performances at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online or call (215) 438-1861

For Women’s History Month

Tribulation Periwinkle: Civil War Nurse

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.

Preceding the Saturday and Sunday performances, Dr. Patricia D’Antonio, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Barbara Bates Center for Nursing gives an account of nursing practices in the 19th century.  Dr. D’Antonio is the editor of the Nursing History Review, the official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing. She is a Penn Fellow in recognition of her leadership in scholarship and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. D’Antonio authored three books each of which received the book of the year award from the American Journal of Nursing.

Before Friday’s play, the Mansion’s Creative Director, Josh Hitchens, talks about Alcott’s Hospital Sketches and Civil War era nursing practices.

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.


Cost: $30, Member cost: $25 Reservations required. CLICK HERE to make reservations online or call (215) 438-1861

The Creators

Josh Hitchens
Creative Director

Josh Hitchens founded the Victorian Theatre program at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion in 2010.  He is a Philadelphia based director, actor, and playwright.  Josh is also the Artistic Director of Going Dark Theatre and has been a storyteller for the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a decade.  joshhitchens.weebly.com

Jay Efran
Technical Director

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.



    Germantown’s Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion serves as the colonial mansion of Gilman’s story, and the Maxwell’s space (or lack thereof) creates a startling immediacy to Summerfield’s hour-long monologue…Utilizing that intimacy to great effect, Summerfield hardly has to leave her seat to command the room…even as the woman is losing her mind, Summerfield brings her to life.”



    “It’s hard to imagine a better set design for Henrik Ibsen’s devastating feminist classic than the living room of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Victorian House Museum. Period furniture and details perfectly conjure the 19th-century home of Torvald Helmer (Peter Zielinski) and his long-suffering wife Nora (Jennifer Summerfield). The audience gets an up close view as their marriage melts down in a production of unrivaled intimacy . . . Controversial at the time for its penetrating exposure of gender inequality, A DOLL’S HOUSE remains heartbreaking in Josh Hitchens’s direction as a tale of human blindness and betrayal.”

    Christopher Munden, Phindie

    “You may have seen one of the hundreds of adaptations of the book, but you have never seen any quite like this.  Hitchens captures the spirit of the time and characters with a chilling fierceness.  The performance is intimate and at times intensely frightening.”

    Brian Stone, WHYY Newsworks

    “As with the book, Hitchens and his cast stress the old-fashioned Victorian values of familial bonds and friendship…in the sweet and poetic style of the charming domestic drama, inspired by the author’s own family.  Other secondary characters are discussed but not seen in Hitchens’ sympathetic production, allowing the audience to focus on the main protagonists and the “humor and pathos” of their fond and formative remembrances in the up close and intimate space.”

    Debra Miller, Phindie
  • “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 F.B.
  • “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 B.
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