Summer Hit Dr. Ruth Returns to Barrington on Sept. 19; Debra Jo Rupp Is Back
By Kenneth Jones
Dr. Ruth, All the Way, Mark St. Germain's biographical play about the life and work of sexpert Dr. Ruth Westheimer, which had a sold-out summer run by Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, gets an encore run there Sept. 19-Oct. 7.
Performances play BSC's St. Germain Stage, named for the resident playwright whose Freud's Last Session was a hit there. Debra Jo Rupp ("That 70's Show") returns as the twinkly European-born therapist, under the direction of artistic director Julianne Boyd.
The earlier 36-performance, world-premiere run (June 19-July 21) was sold out. Dr. Ruth, All the Way is the first commission of Barrington Stage's New Works Initiative. This commission is courtesy of Sydelle and Lee Blatt & Rosita Sarnoff and Beth Sapery.
Here's how BSC bills the one-woman show: "Everyone knows the pioneering radio and television sex therapist Dr. Ruth but few 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, Dr. Ruth, All the Way is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became 'Dr. Ruth,' the internationally known radio and TV 'sexpert.'"
Read Playbill's summer Brief Encounter interview with playwright St. Germain, who is also known for Camping With Henry and Tom.
The Dr. Ruth, All the Way design team includes Brian Prather (sets/projections), Scott Pinkney (lights), Jennifer Moeller (costumes), Gabriella Pollino-Rodman (wigs) and Jessica Paz (sound). Kate J. Cudworth is production stage manager.
The St. Germain Stage (formerly Stage 2) at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center is located at 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield.
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