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“The Manor” A Play by Kathy Bates, by Colonial Playhouse

November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - November 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


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by Kathrine Bates
Directed by Sam Barrett
performed at Greystone Hall, West Chester, PA
In this production the “stage” is Greystone Hall, and the audience and cast
move in and out of the grand and intimate rooms of the mansion.

Inspired by real events,“The Manor” has previously had fifteen years of performances
at the Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills where it all occurred.
“A saga rich & mighty in the grand tradition of …“Dynasty”…”Wuthering Heights”       LA Times
“A gothic romance as deliciously florid as the ornate mansion that serves as its setting.” LA Weekly

Advance tickets required: http://colonialplayhouse.net/the-manor/

Reserve Tickets now for this Unique Theatrical Experience
$60 per person – includes light refreshments
Limited Seating Only 7 Performances
Thursday and Friday Evenings 7 p.m. November 2, 3
Saturday and Sunday Matinees 2 p.m November 4 & 5
Thursday and Friday Evenings 7 p.m. November 9 & 10
Sunday Matinee 2 p.m. November 12

E-mail colonialplayhousedramadirector@gmail.com for further information
Special price available for groups of 30 or more

Money, marriage, murder and madness played out inside a mansion: All are part and parcel of  “The Manor,” a family saga based on real events. Instead of a proscenium stage or a stationary theater-in-the-round set-up, the audience follows members of the cast in designated groupings in and out of the mansion’s stately rooms where multiple scenes of the play are performed in coordinated rotations.  Los Angeles audiences have been enjoying this in situ play over the past fifteen years, often returning back to see it again with guests.


Inspired by real life events: The play is a fictionalized account of the “triumphs and tribulations” of the fabulously wealthy Edward Doheny family renamed in the story as the “MacAlisters.”  Doheny (1856-1935) drilled the first successful oil well in Los Angeles, starting the oil boom of the early 1900s in Southern California.  In the late 1920s, oil tycoon and philanthropist Doheny was accused of bribing the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in exchange for obtaining a lease 32,000 acres of federal land in California.  This was part of the infamous Teapot Dome scandal during the Harding Administration. Although Secretary of the Interior was convicted of accepting a bribe, Doheny was ultimately acquitted In its wake, however, a terrible tragedy took place in grandiose Greystone Mansion he gifted to son Ned.


The mansion – a symbol of wealth, power and political intrigue – is the star of the show. The plot and grand setting the likes of “Downton Abbey” and as timely as today’s news and politics  – add up to a perfect recipe for a theatrical feast.  The idea for the play was conceived in tandem with the idea of it being performed at the Greystone Mansion where some of its events took place. The Los Angeles Tudor Revival styled Greystone was designed for Edward Doheny by architect Gordon Kaufmann and completed in 1928.  With the blessing of playwright Kathrine Bates, “The Manor” is being transplanted and presented in another grandiose mansion – the English Renaissance styled Greystone Hall designed by Philadelphia architect Charles Barton Keen. It was built in 1907 for P.M. Sharples, West Chester inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.  In 2015 Greystone Hall was the location site and “stand in” for its Los Angeles namesake for the filming of a TV docudrama for the Investigation Discovery Channel. The mansion setting in both locations is centerpiece of the story.


The Colonial Playhouse whose home stage is located at Arden, PA, in Delaware County, is a community theater established in 1940.  It has a long tradition of offering a variety of fine theatrical programs. Sam Barrett, Dramatic Director of Colonial Playhouse, has immersed herself in directing this transplanted production of “The Manor”– an extraordinary and logistically challenging play- with exceptional dedication and passion.   A goal of both the Colonial Playhouse and Greystone Hall is that future performances of the play will become a local theatrical tradition as the play has become in LA since its debut in 2002.



November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
November 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


Colonial Playhouse
Greystone Hall


Greystone Hall
1034 Phoenixville Pike
West Chester, 19380 United States
(610) 696-1272