BECOMING DR. RUTH to Host Series of Talkbacks with its Legendary Subject Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, Begin. 10/30
Producers Michael Alden, Stefany Bergson and Rodger Hess have announced a special talkback series at Becoming Dr. Ruth, featuring America's favorite sex therapist, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, following select Wednesday evening performances. These special talkbacks will take place October 30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 18, and are complimentary to ticketholders for these performances.
After the regularly scheduled 7:00 p.m. performances on these five evenings, audience members will be invited to stay in their seats to hear Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer discuss the play, and will also be invited to ask their own questions.
Becoming Dr. Ruth, a warmhearted, candid and inspiring comedy starring Debra Jo Rupp, ("That 70's Show") written by Mark St. Germain and directed by Julianne Boyd is currently in previews at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues).
Following the world premiere at Barrington Stage Company and a sold out run at TheaterWorks, Hartford, the play will officially open off-Broadway on Tuesday, October 29th.
This is a limited engagement production through January 12th, 2014.
Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth", America's most famous sex therapist.
Debra Jo Rupp has appeared on Broadway with Kathleen Turner and Charles Durning in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She starred Off-Broadway in Cynthia Heimel's A Girl's Guide to Chaos (American Place), Frankie and Johnny in The Clair de Lune (Westside Arts) and The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage). Debra Jo has made numerous television and film appearances and is probably best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the hit series That 70's Show.
Producers for Becoming Dr. Ruth are Michael Alden (The Kings Speech, Grey Gardens, Bridge and Tunnel), Stefany Bergson (Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages, Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life, The People in the Picture) and Rodger Hess (House of Blue Leaves, Macbeth, All My Sons, Enron).