Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Manor – Greystone Mansion
The Manor, the popular hit drama, is returning to the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. The show is based on a true happening, but the actual historical characters are given fictitious names.  

The Manor portrays the changes in the fortune of the wealthy MacAlister Family (fictional name for the oil-rich Doheny Family). With good intentions, head of the family, mining tycoon Charles, made an illegal loan to Senator Alfred Winston.  (bogus name for Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall).   MacAlister and Winston are facing humiliation and more with the oncoming Teapot Dome bribery scandal that will overwhelm the Warren Harding administration.  Someone in the MacAlister family faces brutal death.  Who will be blamed?

For authenticity, the show is presented in the magnificent architectural landmark where the actual events took place 88 years ago.  As the scenes change, members of the audience are taken from room to room in the beautifully restored Greystone Mansion.
The Manor was written by Kathrine Bates, directed by Flora Plumb, and produced for Theatre 40 by David Hunt Stafford.  The original production was directed by Beverly Olevin. The cast includes Ben Gavin, Katherine Henryk, Darby Hinton, Shelby Kocee, John-Paul Lavoisier, Daniel Lench, Daniel Leslie, Melanie MacQueen, Carol Potter, Esther Levy Richman, Annalee Scott, Caleb Slavens, David Hunt Stafford, Martin Thompson, and Sarah van der Pol.

The Greystone Mansion is located in Greystone Park, 905 Loma Vista Drive (above Sunset Blvd.), in Beverly Hills.  There is free parking onsite.  The Manor plays from January 5 through January 27, 2017.  The dates in January are 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27.  Time for all shows is 6:00 PM.  Reservations are required in advance and are available only by phone at (310) 364-3696. 

“Money, madness, murder, sex.  Before there was Dallas, before there was a Dynasty, there was…..The Manor.  If it hadn’t actually happened, Hollywood could not have invented it.”

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