BECOMING DR. RUTH
NOW PLAYING LIVE AT BAY STREET THEATER
THRU JUNE 27
Becoming Dr. Ruth chronicles the life of noted psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, from her early years fleeing Nazi Germany, living as an orphan in Switzerland, to her service in the Israeli armed forces as a sharpshooter, and her later life and career in New York. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous and heartfelt portrait detailing Dr. Ruth’s remarkable journey against so many odds to become a pioneer in the psychology of human sexuality and the world’s most famous sex therapist. This production has a runtime of 90 minutes with no intermission and is performed for a social-distanced audience indoors on Bay Street’s Mainstage in compliance with all New York State requirements for indoor performances. Becoming Dr. Ruth is produced in association with North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, California, David Ellenstein, Artistic Director and Bill Kerlin, Managing Director.
The creative team for Becoming Dr. Ruth at Bay Street Theater includes Scott Schwartz, Director; Christine Catti, Production Stage Manager; Kelsy Durkin, Stage Manager; Andrew Diaz, Scenic & Props Designer; Mike Billings, Lighting Designer; Brian Staton, Projection Designer; Shaughn Bryant, Sound Designer; and Meghan O’Beirne, Costume Supervisor. The creative team for Becoming Dr. Ruth at North Coast Repertory Theatre includes David Ellenstein, Director; Bill Kerlin, Managing Director; Aaron Rumley, Sound & Projection Designer; Phil Korth, Props Designer; Peter Herman, Wig Designer; and Elisa Benzoni, Costume Designer.
Tovah Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy and Tony Award-nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, and the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. She has just been twice nominated as Best Actress in a Drama in Los Angeles for her work in the play Sisters-in-Law, in which she originated the role of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She recently won the prestigious Audie award for her narration of The Gift by Holocaust-survivor, Dr. Edith Eger. Broadway credits include Yentl, Cyrano, Rodgers & Hart, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Sarava!, Lend Me a Tenor, Golda’s Balcony (directed by Scott Schwartz), Irena’s Vow, and the show stopping, trapeze-swinging Berthe in Pippin (composed by Stephen Schwartz). Off-Broadway and around the country: Dozens of productions playing everything from Aunt Abby Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, also under the baton of Scott Schwartz, to three queens of Henry VIII and Tallulah Bankhead to Yussel “The Muscle” Jacobs, nine Jews from birth to death in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! and, most recently, Holocaust denier Brenda Goodsen opposite Ed Asner in The Soap Myth. In the summer of 2019, she starred in the world premiere of Wade Dooley’s The Prompter at Bay Street naturally directed by Scott Schwartz, where she played Irene Young, a legendary diva making her Broadway comeback after a 40-year absence. Immediately on the heels of The Prompter, she filmed Clifford for Paramount Pictures, traveled to the Sing-Sing in New Guinea, and flew from there to Los Angeles to star as Ruth Bader-Ginsburg in the LA Premiere of Jonathan Shapiro’s Sisters-In-Law. She is thrilled to be back at Bay Street once again to play Dr. Ruth. Follow Tovah’s pre-pandemic travels around the world on Instagram @tovahfeld. www.tovahfeldshuh.
Mark St. Germain‘s play Becoming Dr. Ruth premiered July 2012 at the Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires, played at Hartford Theaterworks, and was brought to New York to the Westside Theatre. His play Freud’s Last Session ran for two years Off-Broadway, closing July 2012, and has been open in Argentina since January 2012 and in repertory in Sweden, Australia, and Denmark. Scott And Hem In The Garden Of Allah co-premiered in the summer of 2013 at the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Barrington Stage Company. His play The Best Of Enemies, first produced by the Barrington Stage Company, is now being produced throughout the country. The Fabulous Lipitones, a musical comedy co-written with John Markus, premiered at the Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta in 2013, and then at Goodspeed Playhouse. Mark’s other plays include Camping With Henry And Tom (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Ears On A Beatle, The God Committee, Out Of Gas On Lover’s Leap, and Dancing Lessons. Mark wrote the Tammy Wynette musical Stand By Your Man, which began at the Ryman Theater in Nashville. With composer Charles Strouse he co-wrote the book for his adaptation of Dreiser’s American Tragedy. With composer Randy Courts Mark has written the perennial musical The Gifts Of The Magi as well as Johnny Pye And The Foolkiller (AT&T Award Grant) and Jack’s Holiday (Playwrights Horizons). Television work includes Writer/Creative Consultant for The Cosby Show and Dick Wolf’s Crime and Punishment. He co-wrote director Carroll Ballard’s film Duma and produced and directed the documentary My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story with Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Edward Albee, and others. Mark also wrote the award-winning children’s book Three Cups. Mark is an Associate Artist of the Barrington Stage Company, a recipient of the William Inge Festival’s New Voices Award, a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer’s Guild East, and an alumnus of New Dramatists.
Scott Schwartz (Director) is the Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater. Most recently, just before the beginning of the pandemic, he directed the musical The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre on the West End in London. The production will reopen there on July 1. Previous directing credits at Bay Street include The Prompter, Intimate Apparel, and Conviction. As a director, he has worked on and off-Broadway, in major regional theaters across the country, and in Europe and Asia. On Broadway, he directed Golda’s Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). Off-Broadway, he directed Murder for Two, Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), tick, tick…BOOM! (OCC, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Gigantic (Vineyard),
North Coast Repertory Theatre, under the artistic leadership of David Ellenstein since 2003, is a professional Equity theatre currently celebrating its 39th Season. North Coast Rep has received critical acclaim from media and audiences alike, and has evolved into one of the area’s leading performing arts organizations. North Coast Rep prides itself on employing the majority of its actors from Actors’ Equity Association for its high quality, award-winning productions, and staging works by established and emerging playwrights. Throughout its history, North Coast Rep has created a platform where artist and audience thrive through the intimacy of live theatre, recognizing the power of theatre to challenge complacency, revitalize the imagination, nurture the unexpected and embrace the variety and diversity in our lives.
The 2021 Summer Season is made possible, in part, by the New York State Assembly, New York State Council of the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, and Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning. Sponsors include, but are not limited to: Jewish Center of the Hamptons, Advantage Title Air Hamptons, Baron’s Cove, Brown Harris Stevens, Blue Nectar Tequila, Channing Daughters, Corcoran / Mala Sander, Crescendo Designs, Dr. Dennis Gross Dermatology, First Coastal, Grenning Gallery, Hamptons Doc Fest, Jane Holden Brown Harris Stevens, Kulka, Monkey in Paradise Vodka, Oza Sabbeth Architects, Peconic Landing, Propane Depot, Sotheby’s, Staller Center, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, The Awnin
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