Noted and no­to­ri­ous: The Pas­sions of Ma­bel Dodge Luhan

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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.santafe­play­ or call 505-988-4262 for reser­va­tions. — J.L.

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