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/

A Seance to Remember - Murder Mystery 2018

Presented by: Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s 2018 Murder Mystery is entitled A Seance to Remember. Join us the last two weekends in October 2018 for a live theatre walking tour. The Murder Mystery is similar to the game of “Clue,” however, instead of your game token moving on a board, you move from room-to-room in the museum where you are greeted in each room by an actor portraying a suspect. At the end of the tour, enjoy apple cider and ginger snaps while solving the mystery. Performances are scheduled every 20 minutes throughout the Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Ticket Cost: Individual: $16

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

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 5:30 pm & every 20 minutes thereafter

Sunday, October 21,2018 – 2:30 pm & every 20 minutes thereafter

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 5:30 pm & every 20 minutes thereafter

Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 2:30 pm & every 20 minutes thereafter



2019 – The Year of Oscar Wilde

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion announces its 2019 Victorian Theatre productions. Oscar Wilde headlines the year. First the Mansion presents an adaptation of Wilde’s only novel, A Picture of Dorian Gray. Creative Director, Josh Hitchens, interprets the novel into a one-man play especially for the Mansion. Hitchens is highly touted for his performances of Stoker’s Dracula and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Hitchens’ depiction of A Picture of Dorian Gray promises to be equally compelling.   Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.- Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Wilde’s 1895 comedic play The Ideal Husband  revolving around blackmail and political corruption finds a perfect setting in the Mansion’s parlor. Josh Hitchens stages the play as a site-specific production at the Mansion. Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. – Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. – Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. 

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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The Mission of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is to showcase Victorian era Philadelphia through the architecture, grounds/gardens, and collections; and to educate, entertain and inspire through onsite educational programming, tours, theatre events and lectures.