The Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers opens the 2018-2019 season with the comedic play “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” beginning September 21. From playwright, Mark St. Germain, this biographical play explores the remarkable life of renowned psychosexual therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Dr. Ruth is best known for her pioneering work to foster frank and open discussions about sexual matters beginning with the now iconic radio program, “Sexually Speaking” which launched on WYNY-FM in 1980. That show served as a springboard for a decades-long career providing advice and answering caller questions about sex and relationship issues through nationally and internationally syndicated radio and television programs. Her expertise has also been included in newspapers, games, home videos, computer software, and there the 44 books she has authored.
In the first half of the program, we’ll hear a recently recorded interview with Dr. Ruth before she travels to Southwest Florida next week to attend the premiere of the Florida Repertory Theatre’s production. We’ll also speak with director Chris Clavelli and actress Susan Greenhill who plays Dr. Ruth. We’ll also speak with the Florida Rep’s Jason Parrish for a broader look at the theatre company’s upcoming season.