Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission


By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

With tremendous sadness, Theater J has cancelled our production of Becoming Dr. Ruth. If you have purchased tickets to or have a subscription package that includes this show, Theater J’s Ticket Office will reach out to you. It is impossible to cancel an entire run without creating serious and lasting hardships for staff and artists. We hope you will consider donating your tickets back to Theater J as a tax-deductible donation or exchanging your tickets for a future performance rather than asking for a refund. Thanks in advance for your patience as we work to be in touch with all of our patrons as quickly as we can.

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel 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, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide

Naomi Jacobson
Naomi Jacobson

Director:  Holly Twyford
Scenic Designer:  Paige Hathaway
Costume Designer:  Robert Croghan
Lighting Designer:  Colin K. Bills
Sound Designer:  Kenny Neal
Projection Designer:  Sarah Tundermann
Props Designer:  Mollie Singer
Production Stage Manager:  Madison Bahr
Assistant Stage Managers:  Cody Whitfield

Leading Angel

Esthy and James Adler

Supporting Angel

Mindy Gasthalter
Martha Winter Gross and Robert Tracy