Becoming Dr. Ruth

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson
February 21-March 18, 2018

She’s America’s favorite sex therapist! But before she became Dr. Ruth, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Starring Naomi Jacobson, this heartwarming one-woman show is written by the author of Theater J’s Freud’s Last Session. Filled with humor and honesty, Becoming Dr. Ruth is a triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“The experience of Becoming Dr. Ruth is inspirational by its very nature. And with the power of [Naomi] Jacobson and [Holly]Twyford, it reaches its full potential for DC audiences.”– Broadway World

Running time:
90 minutes, no intermission

Media Sponsor

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:  Becky Reed
Assistant Stage Managers:  Josie Felt, Jessica Soriano

Creative Conversation
Sunday, March 4 following the 2:00 PM show
Creating Dr. Ruth
Join us for a conversation with director Holly Twyford and actor Naomi Jacobson who will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the process of bringing this play – and the woman at the center of it – to life on Theater J’s stage.


Cast Talk-back
Thursday, March 8 following the 7:30 PM show


Sunday Symposium
Sunday, March 11 following the 2:00 PM show
Talking about Sex: An Evolving Conversation
Dr. Ruth rose to fame at the tail end of the Sexual Revolution, helping to demystify and normalize conversations about topics that had previously been considered taboo. What does talking about sexuality look like today, nearly forty years after her show first hit the airwaves? Join us for a conversation with sex therapist Hani Miletski and sexual medicine specialist Rachel S. Rubin to find out.

Hani Miletski, Ph.D., MSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland, with over 24 years of clinical experience. She is a Certified Sex Therapist (Diplomate) and Supervisor by the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Miletski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America, National School of Social Service, in Washington, DC, and with a Doctoral Degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, in San Francisco, California. She is the author of two books and a variety of professional articles and chapters in professional journals. Dr. Miletski has been lecturing, training and supervising other therapists and professionals in the field of human sexuality throughout the world. Dr. Miletski was born is Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an officer before coming to the US at the age of 24. She has been blissfully married for 18 years.

Dr. Rachel Rubin grew up in the DC area and is a urologic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Her expertise includes erectile dysfunction, pelvic pain, penile curvature, low testosterone, low libido, sexual arousal disorders, urinary incontinence, penile implants, and menopause care. Dr. Rubin completed a fellowship in male and female sexual dysfunction and prosthetic urology in San Diego under the guidance of Irwin Goldstein, MD, founding editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. She completed an internship in general surgery and residency in urology at Georgetown University Hospital.

Production Angels

Supporting Producer
David Bruce Smith

Leading Angel
Hank Schlosberg

Supporting Angels
Mara Bralove and Ari Fisher
Ann and Frank Gilbert
Dianne and Herb Lerner
Rae Grad and Manuel Schiffres
Margot Zimmerman