Veteran Actors Travolta and Bannon in “Love Letters” for IRT Benefit Performance

Friday, February 28 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – Veteran actors Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon, both with illustrious careers in stage, film and TV, will perform “Love Letters” on April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hartung Theater on the University of Idaho campus. The event benefits Idaho Repertory Theatre.

“Love Letters” is a romantic comedy drama by A. R. Gurney that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play centers on two characters, Melissa and Andrew, who read the notes, letters and cards they have shared during their long-distance friendship of nearly 50 years.

This will be the first time that Travolta and Bannon have performed on the Palouse or Lewiston/Clarkston area.

“Theatre has the power to change lives,” said Travolta, who has been a long-time supporter of Idaho Repertory Theatre. “The arts are the way we express ourselves and with technology it’s easy to forget how to communicate.”

While this will be the first time Travolta and Bannon have graced the stage in our area, the couple is no stranger to “Love Letters.”

They’ve performed “Love Letters” for Interplayers Professional Theatre in Spokane and garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

“You can’t imagine how much truth, how much emotion, and how many unspoken thoughts can be conveyed through two people’s letters. Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon are nothing short of brilliant,” wrote Jim Kershner in the Spokesman Review.

Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors and $10 for students with ID. The evening includes complimentary desserts, a no-host bar and a Q&A session with the performers following the show. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Shoup Hall on campus, by calling 208-885-6465 or emailing Tickets will also be for sale at the door the evening of the event.

Idaho Repertory Theatre is one of the Northwest’s oldest professional summer theatre companies. Since 1953 it has brought professional productions and equity actors to Idaho, introduced new plays, staged readings and organized summer workshops for young people. From classics to musicals, from comedy to contemporary, IRT always offers vibrant and entertaining theatre.

Contact: Kelly O’Neill, Idaho Repertory Theatre, 208-885-6465,

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