JULIANNE BOYD (Director) is the founder and artistic director of the Barrington Stage Company (BSC), Pittsfield, MA. She previously directed Becoming Dr Ruth at BSC and Hartford TheaterWorks. Other directorial credits at BSC include the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Best of Enemies, All My Sons, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Streetcar Named Desire, Follies, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Importance of Being Earnest. In 1997 she directed BSC's smash hit production of Cabaret, which won six Boston Theatre Critics Awards and later transferred to the Hasty Pudding Theatre in Cambridge, MA for an extended run. She conceived and directed the Broadway musical Eubie!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered three Tony nominations. She also co-conceived and directed (with Joan Micklin Silver) the award-winning Off-Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice (Outer Critics’ Award) and its sequel A...My Name Is Still Alice. She has worked extensively in regional theatres, including the Old Globe Theatre, the McCarter Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and the George Street Playhouse. She served on the Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) from 1980-1998 and as President of that union from 1992-1998.
MARK ST. GERMAIN (Playwright) has written the plays Freud’s Last Session, Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah, Best of Enemies, Camping with Henry and Tom and Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap. With John Markus he wrote The Fabulous Lipitiones. Musicals with Randy Courts include The Gifts of the Magi, Jack’s Holiday and Johnny Pye. For Nashville’s Ryman Theater he wrote Stand By Your Man. Awards: the Lucille Lortel, Off Broadway Alliance and Outer Critics Circle. Television: Writer/Creative Consultant for “The Cosby Show.” He co-wrote director Carroll Ballard’s film DUMA. Mark produced and directed the documentary My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story and authored the prize-winning children’s book, Three Cups. He is an Associate Artist of the Barrington Stage Company, a member of the Dramatist Guild, the Writers Guild East, alumnus of New Dramatists and member of the HB Playwrights Unit.
Debra Jo Rupp (Dr. Ruth) has made over 300 television appearances and is probably best known for her role as the hilarious and beloved mom 'Kitty Forman' in the long running FOX comedy series “That 70's Show.” For the past five years Debra Jo has lived on the east coast getting back to her theater roots. She most recently starred in the one-woman show, Becoming Dr. Ruth, which ran through July 14, 2013 at TheateWorks in Hartford, CT. In an earlier version of the play last year titled Dr. Ruth, All the Way, Debra Jo debuted to sold-out performances at the Barrington Stage’s Stage 2 in Pittsfield, MA June 30-July 21, 2012, followed by a successful return engagement September 19-October 7, 2012. The play is penned by Mark St. Germain (“Freud’s Last Session”) and helmed by Julianne Boyd. Debra Jo was a series regular on the ABC comedy, “Better With You” and recently guest-starred on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie.” Other notable appearances include Seinfeld's booking agent, ‘Katie,’ and Phoebe's sister-in-law on “Friends.” Sally Field directed her in HBO's acclaimed series “From the Earth to the Moon,” and she is listed as ‘crowd member' and actually got to go to the 2004 World Series and watch her Red Sox win. Debra Jo appeared in the feature film She's Out of My League playing Jay Baruchel's mom, 'Mrs. Kettner.' Other film credits include Jackson, the award-winning short The Act, Kickin' it Old Skool with Jamie Kennedy, Clockwatchers with Toni Collette and Parker Posey, Spymate, Lucky Thirteen with Lauren Graham, Sgt. Bilko with Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd; and her first film ever Big, with the lovely Tom Hanks. Her voice can be heard in the Emmy-winning “Teacher's Pet” with Nathan Lane (both cartoon and feature film), “Garfield,” “Air Buddies” and various other projects with tiny animals. Debra Jo previously appeared on stage in the Broadway productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner and Charles Durning, Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune and A Girl's Guide to Chaos. She appeared Off Broadway in Butcher of Baraboo directed by Judith Ivey and in several regional productions at Williamstown, Barrington Stage and Berkshire Theater Festival. Debra Jo is represented by Stone Manners Salners, Wright Entertainment, Inc. and Sendroff and Baruch, LLP.
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”, Americaʼs most famous sex therapist.
"On the Kibbutz, my top popped!"
"The next day the SS came to our apartment. Big men. Shiny Boots."
"I wanted to defend the Jewish People. I joined the Haganah!"