Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
BECOMING DR. RUTH
SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 24, 2021
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson
AMERICA’S FAVORITE SEX THERAPIST RETURNS
Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a woman who found her own unique place in the world. Before she became America’s favorite sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role in 2018, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater.
“Jacobson’s got the Westheimer verve” hailed The Washington Post
Naomi Jacobson (Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer) has an association with Theater J that spans 16 years and includes : Another Way Home; The Disputation (with Theodore Bikel); the rabbi in Mad Dancers; and premieres of G-D’s Honest Truth; Life Sucks; and Seagull on 16th Street. She is honored to return with the inimitable Dr. Ruth, for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Naomi is a Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company member and an Affiliated Artist at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Selected DC area credits include Arena Stage (Mary T & Lizzy K), Kennedy Center (The Guardsman), Signature Theatre (Cabaret), Studio Theatre (The Children), Ford’s Theatre (Born Yesterday), The Folger (The Winter’s Tale), Round House (The Lyons), Olney Theatre (Bad Dog), and regionally; Center Stage (Shakespeare In Love), The Guthrie Theatre (The Critic/Real Inspector Hound), the Goodman Theatre (Pericles), Milwaukee Rep (Good Night Desdemona…), Cincinnati Playhouse (A Prayer for Owen Meany), Arizona Theatre Company (Ten Chimneys – premiere), Delaware Theatre Co (Taking Steps), the Berkshire Theatre Festival (Sunrise At Campobello) and Wolf Trap Opera (The Inspector – premiere). TV/Film work includes Homicide (NBC), Her Father’s Eyes (A&E) and narration for PBS, NPR, Discovery Channel, and the Smithsonian. Naomi teaches at University of Maryland, Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Theatre Co, and coaches Active Communication workshops for government agencies and business leaders. She’s received three Helen Hayes Awards (one for ensemble), the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship, the Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in Theatre, and a DC Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant.
Judy and Leo Zickler