Hanover Tavern presents ‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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Eileen DeSandre portrays Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production of “Becoming Dr. Ruth.” (Photo by Jay Paul)

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of “Becoming Dr. Ruth” by Mark St. Germain Friday, Sept. 12 at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 19.

This one-woman biographical account tells the incredible life story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer and her journey from fleeing the Nazis on the Kindertransport and serving in Jerusalem as a sniper to becoming a pioneering radio and television sex therapist.

Virginia Rep will partner with the Weinstein Jewish Community Center to bring Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Richmond in September. Dr. Ruth will attend a performance on

Saturday, Sept. 20 at Hanover Tavern and will participate in a talkback after the show.  Sunday, Sept. 21, she will speak at the Weinstein JCC at 2 p.m. The Sunday event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and $8 for members.

Bruce Miller, artistic director for Virginia Rep and director of “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” is thrilled to bring the show to the Hanover Tavern stage.

“I saw the show at Barrington Stage Company and I was struck by the story and how it reflected the unique positive spirit of Dr. Ruth. She has endured some remarkable life events, and I think the audience will find her both fascinating and inspiring,” Miller said.

Miller most recently directed The Charitable Sisterhood of the “Second Trinity Victory Church” at Hanover Tavern and “Tartuffe” at the November Theatre.

Virginia Rep is delighted to welcome Eileen DeSandre in her debut performance on the Richmond stage. A veteran resident actor with over 25 credits at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, DeSandre is the recipient of the Portland Drammy for Best Actress in a leading role for her portrayal of Miss Helen in “The Road to Mecca” at Profile Theatre. Her work has been seen on stages across the country including Rubicon Theatre, Oregon Bach Festival, Innovation Theatre Works, Milwaukee Rep, and Fulton Opera House.

DeSandre is thrilled to spend time with Dr. Ruth.

“When I read the script of Becoming Dr. Ruth, I was fascinated by the extraordinary events of her life, the way Dr. Ruth has become enriched through her experiences and by her joy and willingness to share,” she said.

For ticket information, contact the box office at (804) 282-2620 or visit www.virginiarep.org. Full price tickets are $38 but discounted group rates and rush tickets are available. U-Tix for college and high school students are $10, available the day of the show by phone or in person. Student ID required.

Evening performances will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. Sundays and select Wednesdays.


About Virginia Repertory Theatre

Virginia Repertory Theatre, located in Richmond, combines the talents and strengths of two nonprofit companies that shared facilities, resources, and management teams for over a decade. Now the heritages of Barksdale Theatre (founded in 1953) and Theatre IV (founded in 1975) live on in their new form, as Central Virginia’s leading professional theater company. Virginia Rep presents national caliber productions of the great dramas, comedies, and musicals as well as classics, contemporary works, and world premieres, always seeking to demonstrate the unique power of theater to engage, enthrall, educate, and inspire. Productions are staged at four distinct venues: the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre and Theatre Gym at the downtown Virginia Rep Center, Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre of Virginia located at Willow Lawn, and at Hanover Tavern, home to Virginia Rep’s Barksdale Season.

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