Debra Jo Rupp Will Become Dr. Ruth in Mark St. Germain Play at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre
04 Sep 2013
Julianne Boyd, Mark St. Germain and Debra Jo Rupp in rehearsal.
Producers Michael Alden, Stefany Bergson and Rodger Hess will present the New York premiere of the Barrington Stage Company production of Becoming Dr. Ruth, starring Debra Jo Rupp ("That 70's Show"). Performances will begin Oct. 11, prior to an official opening Oct. 29, at the Westside Theatre.
Following the world premiere at Barrington Stage Company and a sold-out run at TheaterWorks, Hartford, the play — written by Mark St. Germain and directed by BSC artistic director Julianne Boyd — will continue through Jan. 12, 2014.
Here's how it's billed: "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."
Rupp has appeared on Broadway with Kathleen Turner and Charles Durning in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and starred Off-Broadway in Cynthia Heimel's A Girl's Guide to Chaos, Frankie and Johnny in The Clair de Lune and The Butcher of Baraboo.
St. Germain is the playwright of The Best of Enemies and Freud's Last Session.
The design team includes Brian Prather (sets), Jen Moeller (costumes), Scott Pinkney (lights) and Jessica Paz (sound).
The Westside Theatre is located 407 West 43rd Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit BecomingDoctorRuth.com.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.