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'Love Letters' performance to benefit Stumptown

Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon will present Love Letters Valentines weekend as a benefit for Stumptown Stages.

Stumptown Stages will celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with performances of A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Love Letters,” featuring Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon.

“Love Letters” is told through the reading of correspondence chronicling the lifelong romance and friendship of Melissa Gardner (Travolta) and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Bannon). In notes, letters and cards that have passed between them throughout their lives, the couple share their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 12-15 at the Brunish Theatre at Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway in Portland. The production is a benefit for Stumptown Stages.

Tickets range from $20 to $35 and can be purchased online at stumptownstages.org or Portland5.com, or by calling the box office at 800-273-1530.

Travolta and Bannon have been longtime supporters of Stumptown Stages.

“Theater has the power to change lives,” Travolta said. “The arts are the way we express ourselves, and with technology it’s easy to forget how to communicate.”

Travolta is a professional actress with a long career in stage, film and TV. She appeared in the Broadway national tour of “Gypsy” with Ethel Merman. Other featured roles include “Irma La Douce,” “The Mad Show,” “Anything Goes” and “Bus Stop” with her brother, John Travolta. Her television credits include “Welcome Back, Kotter,” “Happy Days” and the spin-off “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “General Hospital,” “The Love Boat,” “Eight is Enough” and “Judging Amy.” Film credits include “Grease,” “The Basket,” “Detour,” “Mel,” “Face to Face” and “Lonely Hearts.”

Bannon is a veteran of film, television and stage and best known to TV audiences for his work on “Lou Grant,” where he played the role of Assistant City Editor Art Donovan for the duration of the series. He was also a series regular on “Trauma Center” and has made guest appearances on “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Designing Women,” “MacGyver,” “Night Court,” “Santa Barbara,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Simon and Simon,” “Remington Steele” and “Charlie’s Angels.” Film work includes “Little Big Man,” “Death Warrant,” “L.A. Heat,” “Davinci’s War,” “Detour,” “The Basket,” “Waiting to Live” and more.

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