Noted and notorious: The Passions of Mabel Dodge Luhan
Leslie Harrell Dillen first performed her solo play The Passions of Mabel Dodge Luhan with the Santa Fe Theatre Company in 1994, and then again the following year with Santa Fe Stages. Now, two decades later, she reprises the show at Santa Fe Playhouse (142 E. De Vargas St.). Luhan, an heiress from New York and a member of the avant-garde, was sexually and artistically adventurous from an early age, marrying several times and living variously in Paris, Florence, and Manhattan before moving to New Mexico in 1918. She became an influential presence in the Taos art colony, inviting many acclaimed artists and writers to northern New Mexico. In a revision of the play, Dillen has included new information brought to light with the publication of Luhan’s suppressed memoirs in 2012 and an autobiography, Intimate Memories: The Autobiography of Mabel Dodge Luhan (2014), both edited by Lois Palken Rudnick and published by University of New Mexico Press. The Passions of
Mabel Dodge Luhan, directed by Kent Kirkpatrick, opens Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and runs Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 16. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. General admission tickets cost $20; Thursday performances cost $10. For tickets, go to www.santafeplayhouse.org or call 505-988-4262 for reservations. — J.L.