Legions of baby boomers certainly know Dr. Ruth Westheimer (aka Dr. Ruth) as the tiny, mature woman who dispensed sex advice with ease on radio and television to audiences of millions, unused to such frank talk. Between the recall of her vast knowledge and the sound of her high-pitched caricature-type voice, The Wall Street Journal described her as a "cross between Henry Kissinger and Minnie Mouse."
Today, if you go to Dr. Ruth's website (www.drruth.com) you'll see plenty of content, including an icon for an iphone app, an invitation to follow her on Twitter and Facebook, and the good doctor's glowing endorsement for the Eroscillator, a device which needs no explanation.
But there is much more behind this 4 foot 7 inch lady that most of us don't know, including that of her early years when she fled the Nazis and went on to became a scout and sniper in Jerusalem.
Bringing her astonishing story to life in the new off-Broadway play, Becoming Dr. Ruth, sit-com star and stage veteran Debra Jo Rupp portrays this feisty and charismatic woman.
Mark St. Germain, the acclaimed playwright of The Best of Enemies and Freud's Last Session, penned this one woman show.
Produced by Michael Alden, Stefany Bergson and Rodger Hess, Becoming Dr. Ruth opens in previews on October 11 at the Westside Theatre. The play was previously seen at Theatreworks Hartford, following it's world premiere at the Barrington Stage Company. Julianne Boyd directed the earlier productions and continues with the off-Broadway debut. Opening night is set for October 29.