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/

The Picture of Dorian Gray

A world premiere one man show adapted from Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the chilling tale of an artist who becomes infatuated with a young man’s beauty while painting a portrait of him. Dorian Gray believes that sensual fulfillment is his sole purpose in life, and sells his soul to the Devil so the portrait, and not he, will age and show the ravages of time. But he will find that his wish for eternal life without consequences is much more than he bargained for.

One weekend: Friday, March 29 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 pm. Cost: $30, Member cost: $25; Young Friends cost: $15 (age 30 and under) Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

The Importance of Being Earnest

Filled with a cast of colorful characters and endlessly witty dialogue, The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s crowning comedic achievement. In this site specific staging at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, the audience will be immersed in a world of delightful farce where no one is exactly who they seem to be. One of the most popular plays of all time, this production will reimagine Wilde’s hilarious “trivial comedy for serious people” for a contemporary audience of all ages.

Two weekends: Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm & Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Friday, May 3 at 7:00 pm & Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm 

Cost: $35, Member cost: $30, Young Friends cost: $15 (ages 30 & under)

Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

Salome

Written in 1891 and initially banned by censors, Salome is Oscar Wilde’s only tragedy. Seldom produced even to this day, this powerful play is filled with beautifully poetic language and startling imagery. King Herod wants his stepdaughter Salome to dance for him, and in return will give her anything she wants. She wants the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter. A performance scored entirely with live music, this will be an intensely exhilarating theatrical experience you will never forget.

* Due to subject matter, this production is not recommended for audience members under 18 years of age.

 

One weekend: Friday, September 20 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm  

Cost: $35, Member cost: $30, Young Friends cost: $15 (ages 30 & under)

Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

Our Production History

ANNUAL MURDER MYSTERY EVENTS

Written and directed by Josh Hitchens unless otherwise noted, with special effects by Jay Efran

2008 – Death of a Titanic Survivor

2009 – Murder in the Animal Kingdom

2010 – Good to the Last Ghost

2011 – A House Divided

2012 – The Borden Tragedy

2013 – Twisted: A Dickensian Murder Mystery (Written by Edward G. Pettit)

2014 Diary of a Murder

2015 – The Case of the Cursed Doll

2016 – Mystery in the House of Usher: A Poe Tale (Written by Edward G. Pettit)

2017 – Death Takes a Curtain Call

2018 – A Séance to Remember

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY (2010)

Adapted and Performed by Josh Hitchens, from the book from Charles Dickens

*Performed annually at the Dickens Christmas Party

STOKER’S DRACULA: A SOLO TALE OF TERROR (2011)

Adapted and Performed by Josh Hitchens, from the novel by Bram Stoker

*Presented in partnership with the Rosenbach Museum and Library

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN SCARLET (2012)

Adapted by Josh Hitchens from the book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Directed by Jay Efran

Featuring Josh Hitchens, Jason Graboski, Rachel Gluck, Christopher Morse, Gerson Alexander, Alexander McDermott

*Presented in partnership with the Mutter Museum

BLOOD RELATIONS (2012)

Written by Sharon Pollock; Directed by Josh Hitchens

Featuring Megan Edelman, Karen Stevens, Robert Bauer, Sandy Clay Bauer, Janet Wasser, Jim Kelsh, Josh Hitchens

* Presented on August 4, 2012, the 120th anniversary of the Borden murders.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE SPECKLED BAND (2013)

Adapted by Jason Graboski from the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Directed by Jay Efran

Featuring Josh Hitchens, Jason Graboski, Jessica Evans, Gerson Alexander

*Presented in partnership with the Mutter Museum

A DOLL’S HOUSE (2013)

Written by Henrik Ibsen; Adapted and Directed by Josh Hitchens

Featuring Jennifer Summerfield, Megan Edelman, Carl Granieri, Linda Minster, Ryan Walter, Peter Zielinski

*Presented in partnership with the American Swedish Historical Museum

THE ADVENURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA (2014)

Adapted by Josh Hitchens from the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Directed by Jay Efran

Featuring Josh Hitchens, Jason Graboski, Loretta Vasile, Peter Zielinski

*Presented in partnership with the Mutter Museum

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (2014)

Written by William Shakespeare; Directed by Josh Hitchens

Featuring Megan Edelman, Josh Hitchens, Ken Jordan, Noah Levine, Edward G. Pettit, Jennifer Summerfield, Loretta Vasile, Ryan Walter, Peter Zielinski

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE VALLEY OF FEAR (2015)

Adapted by Josh Hitchens from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Directed by Jay Efran

Featuring: Josh Hitchens, Peter Zielinski, Patrick McAndrew, Megan Edelman, Sue Edelman, Sam Miller, Edward G. Pettit, Brian Weiser

*Presented in partnership with the Mutter Museum

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER (2016)

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Directed by Josh Hitchens

Featuring: Jennifer Summerfield

*Presented in partnership with the Mutter Museum

LITTLE WOMEN (2016)

Written by Louisa May Alcott; Adapted and Directed by Josh Hitchens

Featuring: Christina Higgins, Megan Edelman, Molly Edelman, Sue Edelman, Sam Fineman, Allison Kessler, Brian Weiser

TRIBULATION PERIWINKLE: CIVIL WAR NURSE (2017)

Written by Louisa May Alcott; Adapted and Directed by Josh Hitchens

Featuring: Christina Higgins

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (2017)

Written by Lucy Maud Montgomery; Adapted and Directed by Josh Hitchens

Featuring: Molly Edelman, Megan Edelman, Sam Fineman, Noel Hanley, Allison Kessler, Ryan Walter, Janet Wasser

THREE SISTERS (2018)

Written by Anton Chekhov; Directed by Josh Hitchens & Ryan Walter

Featuring: Megan Edelman, Molly Edelman, Sue Edelman, Sam Fineman, Jacob Glickman, C. J. Higgins, Josh Hitchens, Allison Kessler, Amber Orion, Geremy Webne-Behrman, Peter Zielinski.

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 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.