Virginia Rep Presents BECOMING DR.RUTH, 09/12-10/19

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening "Becoming Dr. Ruth" by Mark St. Germain on Friday, September 12 at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. The show runs through Sunday, October 19. This one-woman biographical account tells the incredible life story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer and her journey from fleeing the Nazis on the Kindertransport and serving in Jerusalem as a sniper to becoming a pioneering radio and television sex therapist.

Virginia Rep will partner with the Weinstein Jewish Community Center to bring Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Richmond in September. Dr. Ruth will attend a performance on Saturday, September 20 at Hanover Tavern and will participate in a talkback after the show. On Sunday, September 21, she will speak at the Weinstein JCC at 2:00 p.m. The Sunday event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and $8 for members. Details below. Bruce Miller, Artistic Director for Virginia Rep and Director of Becoming Dr. Ruth, is thrilled to bring the show to the Hanover Tavern stage. "I saw the show at Barrington Stage Company and I was struck by the story and how it reflected the unique positive spirit of Dr. Ruth. She has endured some remarkable life events, and I think the audience will find her both fascinating and inspiring. Eileen DeSandre is perfect for the role of Dr. Ruth." Miller most recently directed The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church at Hanover Tavern and Tartuffe at the November Theatre. Virginia Rep is delighted to welcome Eileen DeSandre in her debut performance on the Richmond stage. A veteran resident actor with over 25 credits at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, DeSandre is the recipient of the Portland Drammy for Best Actress in a leading role for her portrayal of Miss Helen in The Road to Mecca at Profile Theatre. Her work as been seen on stages across the country including Rubicon Theatre, Oregon Bach Festival, Innovation Theatre Works, Milwaukee Rep, and Fulton Opera House. Eileen is thrilled to spend time with Dr. Ruth. "When I read the script of Becoming Dr. Ruth, I was fascinated by the extraordinary events of her life, the way Dr. Ruth has become enriched through her experiences and by her joy and willingness to share."

TICKETING INFORMATION: Box Office 804-282-2620 Full Price Tickets: $38 Discounted Group Rates and Rush tickets available. U-Tix for college and high school students $10. Available day of show by phone or in person. Student ID required.

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