In addition to our traditional public programming, we have expanded our offering of theatrical productions set within the confines of the Mansion itself. Past productions have included:
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
June 8, 2018-June 24, 2018
From the sordid streets of Victorian London, the game is afoot this Spring as literature’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes arrives at the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz and directed by Vincent Carbone (vincentcarbone.net), audiences will witness Holmes and his trusted confidant, Dr. Watson attempt to solve yet another conundrum before it’s too late!
October 20, 2017-November 5, 2017
From the mind of Bram Stoker and adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz, this Fall, the Morris-Jumel Mansion proudly presents, Dracula. Surrounded by the historic furnishings of the oldest residence in Manhattan, audiences will witness this enduring tale of seduction and immortality unlike ever before.
The Importance of Being Earnest
May 26, 2017- June 11, 2017
This spring, the Morris-Jumel Mansion in upper Manhattan will present an original production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s farcical play set in Victorian England, in its newly reinterpreted Octagon Drawing Room, recently restored Sunken Garden, front porch, and portico. The Octagon Room contains furnishings and portraits authentic to the Victorian era in which the story takes place. You'll follow the actors through the Mansion and it's grounds and be delighted by Wilde’s classic comedic tale about the foibles and conventions of Victorian society revealed through a twisting plot, secret identities, and unexpected revelations. Through witty dialogue and word play, Wilde’s characters (both real and imaginary) expose the hypocrisy of class-conscious individuals and rarefied codes of conduct of the day.
Fancy Me Mad
October 20-22, 28-31 & November 3-5 , 2016
Set within a Baltimore, Maryland apartment circa 2010, Fancy Me Mad is Morris-Jumel Mansion’s newest theatrical production. Audiences will witness the story of a young man, who upon the death of his Grandmother, arrives at her apartment and discovers her secret infatuation with the author Edgar Allen Poe. In reading his Grandmother’s secret journal he evokes the spirits embodying Poe’s works. Fancy Me Mad highlights the love, loss and mystery of a man whose life is so often hauntingly reflected in his work.
Alice in Wonderland
September 15-18, 22-25, 29-30, 2016 & October 1-2, 2016
The Morris-Jumel Mansion will offer audiences the opportunity to experience Lewis Carroll's acclaimed children's story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) as a unique theatrical performance! In contrast with the many celebrations of Carroll's beloved fantasy, the Mansion's adaptation will incorporate its celebrated association with the American Revolution represented in the characters of the play such as the Mad Hatter (George Washington), Cheshire Cat (Marquis de Lafayette), and White Rabbit (Benedict Arnold).
Adapted and directed by Vincent Carbone with costumes designed by Vanessa Soto, the interactive production tells the story of young Alice, who, visiting the Mansion with her brother, separates from a tour after catching a glimpse of the White Rabbit dashing through the garden. She discovers herself in Wonderland with the American Revolution as the backdrop. Contention hangs thick in the air, almost as if the revolutionary spark will ignite at any moment. In this environment, Alice (and the audience) must adapt quickly in order to survive this curious land. The audience and Alice will explore the grounds of the Mansion as they encounter Carroll's iconic characters.
Awakening in Ink
October 15, 2015-November 7, 2015
AWAKENING IN INK written and directed by Vincent Carbone is loads of fun in its evocation of the past, with references to Eliza Jumel’s relationship with her husband Stephen, his accidental death, her marriage to Burr, and the years after her death and into the 20th century after New York City purchased the mansion and converted it into a museum."