The lights have barely cooled from the long run of Dr. Ruth, All the Way, It played its last performances this past weekend. But they were very careful when they struck the set depicting her New York apartment because great news arrived from Pittsfield today that this is far from the end of the show.
Turns out that due to the “unprecedented” ticket demand, numerous rave reviews (like this one) and a sold-out world premiere engagement, that Barrington Stage Company is arranging the return of Dr. Ruth, All the Way. The world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s newest play had the stars shining down on it with Debra Jo Rupp in the title role and exceptional direction by Julianne Boyd. So this summer’s first hit show will return for another three weeks from September 19 – October 7, 2012 at BSC’s St. Germain Stage. And who knows, having seen the play about her life at least eight times, can Dr. Ruth be far behind?
Initially resistant to allowing a playwright to delve into her private life, she has become a fan of the completed work, and as she said to us during her Berkshire on Stage interview, “For your readers – in case they don’t know it yet – this play is going to go off-Broadway.” And who would argue with Dr. Ruth!
Debra Jo Rupp makes an amazing Dr. Ruth on stage, capturing the essence of the complex sex therapist. Photo: Kevin Sprague.
Here is the official press release:
(Pittsfield, MA) Following a sold-out run of 36 performances from June 19 through July 21, where over 4000 patrons attended the world premiere of Dr. Ruth, All the Way, Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning regional theatre in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, is proud to present a fall return of Dr. Ruth, All The Way by Mark St. Germain, directed by Julianne Boyd. Starring stage, film and television actress Debra Jo Rupp (That 70s Show), Dr. Ruth, All the Way will run from September 19 – October 7 at St. Germain Stage (formerly Stage 2) at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.
“We are thrilled that our audiences have embraced Dr. Ruth, All the Way and look forward to sharing Dr. Ruth’s life story and Debra Jo Rupp’s amazing performances with many more people this fall,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.
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.
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, the play 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 “sepxert.”
The 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.
Debra Jo Rupp (Dr. Ruth) BSC: Ring ‘Round the Moon, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Laramie Project. Debra Jo Rupp has performed at Williamstown Theatre Festival in True West and A Flea in Her Ear, Berkshire Theatre Festival in Mornings at Seven and the Chester Theatre Company production of Lee Blessings’ Body of Water. In New York, Debra Jo has appeared on Broadway with Kathleen Turner and Charles Durning in the 1990 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She starred Off-Broadway in Cynthia Heimel’s A Girl’s Guide to Chaos (American Place), Frankie and Johnny in The Clair de Lune(Westside Arts) and The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage). Debra Jo has made over 300 television and film appearances and is probably best known for her role as “Kitty Forman” on the hit series “That 70’s Show”. Her feature films include playing Jay Baruchel’s mom in She’s Out of My League, Kickin It Old Skool, Air Buddies, Clockwatchers with Toni Collette and Parker Posey, Spymate, Lucky 13, Sgt. Bilko with Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd, and her first film Big with Tom Hanks. Among her notable television appearances are booking agent “Katie” on “Seinfeld”, Phoebe’s sister-in-law on “Friends” and “From the Earth to the Moon” (dir. Sally Field).
Mark St. Germain (Playwright) is the acclaimed playwright of The Best of Enemies and Freud’s Last Session. Freud’s Last Session, Barrington Stage Company’s longest running play, played over 750 performances Off-Broadway, and has been performed nationally and internationally. He’s written Ears on a Beatle (BSC), The God Committee (BSC) and Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap. Other plays include Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award) and Forgiving Typhoid Mary. He most recently directed and produced the documentary My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story, featuring Richard Gere, Lynn Redgrave and Glenn Close among many others. It was chosen to be the first documentary shown on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Television credits include Writer and Creative Consultant for The Cosby Show, Life Stories and Dick Wolf’s Crime and Punishment. With Randy Courts, he has written the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, winner of an AT&T “New Plays for the Nineties Award,” both produced at the Lamb’s Theater, NYC. Jack’s Holiday was produced at Playwrights Horizons. Mark’s musical, Stand By Your Man – The Tammy Wynette Story was created for Nashville’s Ryman Theater and has toured nationally. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists where he was given the Joe A. Callaway Award, a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer’s Guild East. He was awarded the “New Voices in American Theatre” award at the William Inge Theatre Festival. Mark is a Board Member and Associate Artist at Barrington Stage Company.
Julianne Boyd (Director) founded the Barrington Stage Company in January, 1995. Her directorial credits at BSC include last season’s critically acclaimed production of The Best of Enemies, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2010), A Streetcar Named Desire (2009), Follies (2005), the world premiere musical The Game, based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Mack and Mabel, A Little Night Music, 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 transferred to the Hasty Pudding Theatre in Cambridge for an extended run. Ms. Boyd 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. From 1992 to 1998 Ms. Boyd served as President of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the national union representing professional directors and choreographers in the U.S.
Dr. Ruth, All The Way will be presented at the St. Germain Stage (formerly Stage 2) at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Performances are Wednesday-Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 4pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets: $40-$49. Barrington Stage Company Box Office 413-236-8888.