Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross to Star in “Love Letters”

sam-katharineLegendary husband and wife team to share the stage for the first time!

Once upon a time, before email, texting, Facebook and Twitter, there was Love Letters. In a rare performance by two legendary stars, husband and wife Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross will perform a reading of A. R. Gurney’s play to benefit the newly rebranded Malibu Playhouse. Directed by Diane Namm, award-winning director for film and stage, and a Malibu Playhouse Board Member.

Performed at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, the Edye Second Space at the Broad Theater 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 at 7:30 PM on Saturday June 29, 2013.  Seating is limited.  For tickets go to www.malibuplayhouse.org/events.  Tickets for this exclusive event are $85 for general admission and $125 for a VIP experience that includes a post-show “meet-and-greet” catered wine reception.

“This is exciting for us. Doing something for the first time, in a play about two people with a long history. It couldn’t be more perfect. We have worked together in movies, television and on writing, but never before on stage,” said Katharine and Sam.

Katharine Ross Elliott is an acclaimed, award-winning American film and stage actress who is renowned for her performances in two of the most popular films of the late 1960s. She played the role of “Elaine Robinson” in The Graduate, the highest-grossing film of 1967, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for an Academy Award. She also played “Etta Place” in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the highest-grossing film of 1969 for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Additionally, Katharine starred in The Stepford Wives (1975), won a second Golden Globe Award for Voyage of the Damned  and co-starred in the cult classic Donnie Darko with Jake Gyllenhall. She has recently performed for the stage in the lead roles of Rabbit Hole (2009) and Kimberly Akimbo (2012) at the Malibu Playhouse, and is reuniting with Diane Namm, her director for Judgment at Nuremberg in which Katharine played the role of “Frau Bertholte” (2011).

Sam Elliott’s film debut was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969. Although his future wife co-starred in the film, Elliott did not meet Ross until they filmed The Legacy together in 1978. He has also starred in The Sacketts(TV), The Shadow Riders (TV) and The Yellow Rose, among others. He was the tough-guy lead in Lifeguard and co-starred with Cher in Mask and Road House with Patrick Swayze. Elliott played the role of “Brigadier General John Buford” in Gettysburg and “Wild Bill Hickok” in the made-for-TV movie Buffalo Girls. In 1991 he wrote the screenplay for and co-starred with his wife in the made-for-TV western Conagher. He also played “Virgil Earp” in Tombstone, which co-starred Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. More recently, Sam has appeared in We Were Soldiers, Thank You for Smoking , The Golden Compass, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Up in the Air, Marmaduke, The Big Bang and The Company You Keep, directed by Robert Redford.

“We are thrilled to produce this very special event with Diane and are grateful for Sam and Katharine’s continued support of Malibu Playhouse and our dynamic upcoming season,” said Gene Franklin Smith, Malibu Playhouse Artistic Director.

“I’m delighted to work with Sam and Katharine to create what will surely be a memorable evening in Los Angeles theater,” said Diane Namm.

Diane Namm directs, writes and produces for film and stage. Some of Diane’s past stage productions include the 2009 World Premiere of Monster at the Pasadena Playhouse, an adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’ National Book Award nominee novel of the same name; 12 Angry Jurors at the Write Act Theater in Hollywood; Judgment at Nuremberg at the Santa Monica Playhouse; Mrs. Scrooge the Musical at the Highways Performing Arts Center and Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix at the Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University.

This benefit will directly support the upcoming season of plays and other exciting performances previously announced for 2013-2014.

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