A Spirited Manor - A Penny Dreadful

FULL LENGTH - Victorian supernatural

A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance...

When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin.

Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a...
FULL LENGTH - Victorian supernatural

A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance...

When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin.

Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful cast of strangers. But something sinister has decided to make itself known. It will be up to her and medium, Wesley Lowenherz, to find out what the spirits of the manor are dying to tell them.

Laced with gothic romance and paranormal mystery, A Spirited Manor is a fast-paced adventure that examines the journey from grief to purpose, and the return to life after loss.
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A Spirited Manor - A Penny Dreadful

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  • Daniel Prillaman:
    29 May. 2020
    A spooky, funny, non-stop ride of a penny dreadful!! Danley has written not only an expansive and FUN cast of characters, but she fits them into an enticing, well-paced mystery with genuinely surprising twists and turns. Furthermore, it’s rare to read a play with so much adventure in its stage directions. I cannot emphasize enough the endless possibilities for design this play has. You could stage it in hundreds of different ways. And I would be in the audience for each one.
  • Scott Stolnack:
    27 Jan. 2020
    A SPIRITED MANOR is a smart, spooky Victorian thriller with a bunch of great character roles and a wonderfully imaginative approach to staging. Part whodunnit, part romance, part Gothic horror, just as you start to get comfortable all the pieces rearrange and the plot takes you in another unexpected direction. Lots of shivers and lots of fun!
  • John Bavoso:
    5 Jan. 2020
    With A SPIRITED MANOR, Danley has created an exemplary addition to a familiar and beloved genre, but with a feminist twist. Infused with horror, humor, and melodrama, what’s really exciting about this script is the unique staging and opportunities for innovative and adventurous design it presents. Perfect for a theatre company looking for a larger-cast production, this play would surely be a hit in October or any time of the year!

Character Information

  • Clara O'Hare
    20s - 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A young widow
  • Thomas O'Hare
    20s - 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Clara's late husband, a ghost. Can be doubled with the role of Wesley Lowenherz
  • Wesley Lowenherz
    20s - 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A dashing medium. Can be double cast with Thomas O'Hare.
  • Minnie Lowenherz
    teen+,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Wesley's late sister, now a ghost. Was a servant. Mentioned as Irish in the script, but can be changed to suit casting. Can be doubled with Woman #5
  • Marguerite Matson
    20 - 40,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    headstrong, spirited, modern woman for the age. Can be doubled with Woman #6
  • Norman Scettico
    20 - 40,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A stiff scientist. Can be doubled with "Cab Driver" and "Man #1"
  • Lord Horace Oroberg
    50+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A blustering hunter. Teddy Roosevelt type. Can be double cast with Man #3
  • Clifford Oroberg
    20 - 40,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Lord Oroberg's son. A cad, coward, and scoundrel. Engaged to Violet Nero. Can be doubled with "Man #2" and "MC".
  • Violet Nero
    18+,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A frail young lady with a French upbringing. Engaged to Clifford Oroberg. Can be doubled with Woman #4
  • Hilda Nero
    50+,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Violet's overbearing mother; Can be double cast with Mrs. Nan
  • Mrs. Nan
    50+,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Clara's housekeeper; can be double cast with Hilda Nero
  • Mr. Edgar
    40+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Clara's butler; can be double cast with Gilbert
  • Gilbert
    40+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Horace's butler; can be double cast with Mr. Edgar
  • Man #1 / Cab Driver
    20+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Ghost chorus, can be doubled with Norman Scettico
  • Man #2 / MC
    20+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Ghost chorus; can be double cast with Clifford Oroberg
  • Man #3
    20+,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Ghost chorus; can be double cast with Lord Horace Oroberg
  • Woman #4
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Ghost chorus. Can be double cast with Violet Nero
  • Woman #5
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Ghost chorus. Can be double cast with Minnie Lowenherz.
  • Woman #6
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Ghost chorus. Can be double cast with Marguerite Matson.