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

 

 

Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov

Continuing to tell the stories of Victorian women, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion proudly presents Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” One of the masterpieces of modern theater, this timeless play brings the audience into the lives of the Prozorov sisters and their friends as the drama unfolds over a period of four years. Filled with laughter, heartbreak, joy and performed by a tight-knit ensemble of actors, this site-specific production will be an experience you’ll never forget.

Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

     Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm

   Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $35, Member cost: $30 Reservations required. CLICK HERE to make reservations online or call (215) 438-1861

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.

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.

Testimonials

  • THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

    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.”

    http://phindie.com/11194-the-yellow-wallpaper-ebenezer-maxwell-mansion-60-second-review/

    Phindie.com
  • A DOLL’S HOUSE

    “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
  • STOKER’S DRACULA

    “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
  • LITTLE WOMEN

    “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.

Members Only Lecture

 with Edward G. Pettit

Arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane has a moon crater and a US Navy Destroyer named for him. He was one of the most famous Philadelphians of his time. Kane’s own accounts of voyages to the polar region sold tens of thousands of copies when published. His personal life was no less fascinating – in particular his love affair with the spirit medium Maggie. Fox was one-half of the spiritualist Fox Sisters, who entranced the country with their séance performances. Kane died tragically at the age of 37 in 1857. Recently a historical marker was placed at his grave on a hill overlooking the Schuykill River in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Edward G. Pettit will lecture on this fascinating 19th century Philadelphian.

Following Pettit’s talk, Diane Richardson will present the Annual Report to the members. Before and after the presentations, members can enjoy a cookie reception.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Free of charge to members.  Free of charge to members. Call (215)438-1861 for reservations.

Lilli DeJong

 with Janet Benton and Robert Hicks, PhD

It’s not every day that a major publisher puts out a novel set largely in Germantown. Janet Benton’s Lilli de Jong (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) is the diary of a young Quaker in 1883 Philadelphia who gives birth at a charity for unwed mothers. The fictional Lilli comes from an old Germantown family and was a new teacher at a Friends’ school and a lifelong member of a Meeting before her fall. Finding that the bond with her infant is not easily broken, she gains the courage to go against social norms, struggling against increasing obstacles to keep her baby and herself alive.

Come hear some of what Benton learned about baby farmers, wet nursing, Blockley almshouse, the care of foundlings, women’s poverty, the recovery of starving infants, prejudice against unwed mothers, Quaker ways and practices, and so much more. Find out how Benton crafted this tale of physical, emotional, moral, and spiritual trials that brings us from an institution for unwed mothers (based on an actual one downtown) to a wealthy family’s home on Walnut Lane to the streets of a burgeoning city. The author will also read an excerpt of the novel and answer questions.

Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director Mütter Museum, will give historical context to Benton’s compelling novel. Enjoy a special display from the Mütter Museum in Mr. Maxwell’s library.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. 

Cost: $25, Member cost: $20 CLICK HERE for reservations or call (215)438-1861Reservations are required.