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Re-imagining Mary Hunter Austin’s 1919 Performance

  • St. Francis Auditorium - NM Museum of Art 107 West Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)

Santa Fe Playhouse presents

Re-imagining Mary Hunter Austin’s 1919 Performance

Script adapted by Mark Dunn
Directed by Vaughn Irving
Featuring Michael Learned as Mary Hunter Austin

Back on May 13, 1919, at the New Mexico Museum of Art in the St. Francis Auditorium, Mary Hunter Austin—a writer and activist drawn here by this new state’s growing reputation as an epicenter for artists—hosted and staged a production of three plays. Her vision was the core spark of the idea that would ultimately become, in 1922, The Santa Fe Playhouse. The Santa Fe Playhouse is now the oldest continuously operating theater west of the Mississippi. 

In honor of Mary Hunter Austin’s unique vision, playwright Mark Dunn's Re-imagining Mary Hunter Austin’s 1919 Performance takes the audience back to the where and the when the Santa Fe Playhouse got its start 100 years ago. Our mistress of ceremonies is Mary Hunter Austin, as portrayed by four-time Best Actress Emmy winner, Michael Learned. The colorful Ms. Austin—novelist, poet, critic, playwright, and vocal feminist—became a passionate advocate for the blossoming arts and theater movement in Santa Fe. Mark Dunn’s theatrical commemoration offers edited versions of the three plays presented in the 1919 performance—The Neighbors by Zona Gale, The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife by Anatole France, and El Conejo by Fayette Curtis, Jr.—with visits from Suffragists, New Mexico veterans of the (then recently ended) Great War, a tribute to the recently deceased Theodore Roosevelt, and a surreal conversation with a visitor from the year 2019.

$50 VIP Seating
$15 General Advance Purchase ($20 at the door)
$10 Balcony Seating
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