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Dr. Ruth Westheimer & The Florida Rep performs “Becoming Dr. Ruth”

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Florida Repertory Theatre

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.         

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.