The Beverly Hills classic play, “The Manor – Murder and Madness at Greystone,” re-opens on Saturday, Jan. 13 for its 16th year.
The show, a fictionalization based on real events with the historical characters given new names, is presented in the grand architectural landmark in which the events of 89 years ago actually took place. Audience members are led from room to room in the restored Greystone Mansion as different scenes of the narrative are portrayed, leading up to a shocking and apparent murder and suicide.
“The Manor” depicts momentous changes in the fortunes of the fabulously wealthy MacAlister Family, fictional surrogates of the oil-rich Doheny Family. Family patriarch and mining tycoon Charles makes an illegal loan to Senator Alfred Winston, a stand-in for Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall.
Both men face imminent disgrace and worse in the oncoming Teapot Dome bribery scandal, which will engulf the Warren Harding administration. A scion of the MacAlister family faces violent death. Who is to blame?
The playwright, Kathrine Bates, has written other works including “Talhotblond,” “The Color of Rose,” “Roar of the Crowd,” “Evil Legacy,” and a stage adaptation of “Double Indemnity.”
Martin Thompson, who has appeared in other Theatre 40 shows, including “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily,” directs.
The company of “The Manor – Murder and Madness at Greystone” includes Katherine Henryk, Darby Hinton, Daniel Lench, Daniel Leslie, Melanie MacQueen, Carol Potter, Esther Levy Richman and Annalee Scott.
The production will run from Jan. 13 to Feb. 4, with evening shows beginning at 6 p.m. and weekend matinees at 1 p.m. Admission is $65, and parking onsite is free. Seating is limited and sell-outs are expected.
The Greystone Mansion is located at 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills. For information and tickets, visit theatre40.org, or call (310)364-3606.
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