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Becoming Dr. Ruth

by Mark St. Germain
APR 27-MAY 19/2019

by Mark St. Germain

Becoming Dr. Ruth chronicles the life of noted psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her early years fleeing Nazi Germany to her time spent as a sniper in Jerusalem and beyond. This illuminating one woman show from the author of Freud’s Last Session is a humorous and heartfelt portrait detailing Dr. Ruth’s incredible journey 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. 


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Anne O’Sullivan*

Anne O’Sullivan*

Has performed Dr. Ruth at The Herberger Theatre, Penguin Rep, B Street Theatre, and Gable Stage. She has also appeared at The McCarter, Williamstown, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, Bay Street, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, New Harmony Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville. She received a grant from The Spencer Cherashore Fund to research and play Mary Harris Jones (aka Mother Jones). She has also played Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst. Film: We Need to Talk About Kevin, 1937, Speed; and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Television: Red Oaks, Show Me a Hero, The Deuce, Law & Order (all three), Sex and the City, Third Watch, Cosby, ER, and Models, Inc.

Creative Team
Stephen Nachamie, Director
Stephen Nachamie


Stephen Nachamie is an award-winning New York-based director exploring the worlds of both plays and musicals. He is currently developing several new pieces and adaptions for the stage and screen. He has previously directed Becoming Dr. Ruth at Penguin Rep in New York City, and last collaborated with New Rep on Gutenberg! The Musical.

Jeffrey Petersen, Scenic Designer
Jeffrey Petersen

Scenic Designer

JEFFREY PETERSEN  returns to New Repertory Theatre after working as Technical Director for Brecht on Brecht and Thurgood. Recent New England design credits include Elemeno Pea, Lost Tempo, Equal Writes, Restricted, and The Honey Trap (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and The Werther Project, Uncommon Women and Others, Cosi fan tutte, Rosmersholm, and The Whitmores (Boston University). Assistant design credits include Melancholy Play (Trinity Rep). Select Technical credits include The Cherry Orchard, Ivanov, and Galileo (Classic Stage Company); Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat (HERE); Rated P (Westside Theatre); and Ripcord, Come Back Little Sheba, The Second Girl, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Huntington Theatre Company). Select regional design credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, Pavilion, Sylvia, Last Five Years, Glass Menagerie, and String (Yellow Tree Theatre); and Rocky Horror Live (Cardinal Theatricals). Jeffrey received his BFA in Performance and Scenic Design from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is anticipating his MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University in the spring of 2018.

Aja Jackson, Lighting Designer
Aja Jackson

Lighting Designer

Bio coming soon!

Kaitlyn Burke, Props Master
Kaitlyn Burke

Props Master


“Jared describes “Becoming Dr. Ruth” as ‘a dynamic deep dive into a woman who had every reason to give up on life, but instead taught so many how to live it.’”

- WGBH’s Jared Bowen

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“Anne O’Sullivan reaches through the fourth wall to grab our attention with warmth and Ruth’s indomitable joie de vivre.”

- Broadway World

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“I entered the theater expecting to learn more about a likeable acquaintance, and left it feeling like I’d just discovered a dear, dear friend.”

- TheaterMirror

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“‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ is profound for the story it tells. It is also a moving meditation on what it means to survive the worst of times and finally find a home. “

- JewishBoston

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“Informative, engaging with its gentle humor, the play is an interesting tribute to an unexpected American celebrity…”

- Boston Arts Dairy

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Watch Anne O’Sullivan on Jared Bowen’s Open Studio