A unique museum house with intriguing programs!
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.
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.
Just in time for Halloween, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion presents its 12th annual murder mystery, Death Takes a Curtain Call 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
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, 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.
– Debra Miller, Phindie.
– Christopher Munden, Phindie.
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A unique museum house with intriguing programs!
“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.
“Fantastic show Saturday night! We look forward to more productions. Please pass along my feedback to the cast.”Chuck G