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IT: BECOMING DR. RUTH
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm MST
Invisible Theatre continues its 49th Anniversary Season with BECOMING DR. RUTH by Mark St. Germain
February 11*- 23, 2020
*Tuesday low cost preview
Invisible Theatre continues its 49th Anniversary “Season of Love” with Susan Claassen* in BECOMING DR. RUTH by Mark St. Germain and directed by Annette Hillman and Fred Rodriguez. Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, BECOMING DR. RUTH is filled with the humor, honesty and the life-affirming spirit of Karola “Ruth” Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth” – America’s most famous sex-therapist. (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association)
“Have you ever wondered how a tiny matronly woman became the world’s most famous sex therapist? All will be revealed at the Invisible Theatre in Tucson with “Becoming Dr. Ruth”.
The amazing actress Susan Claassen has also become Dr. Ruth with her spot-on portrayal of this wonderful and charming sex expert!”
– Barbara Temple
Former Asst. Producer of “Sexually Speaking with Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer”
on WYNY-FM in Manhattan
“Convincingly and humorously conveys Westheimer’s
surprising dignity, courage, and resilience.”
-The New Yorker.
This Production is made possible in part through the generous support of
The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
BECOMING DR. RUTH by Mark St. Germain will play from February 11* – 23, 2020 with the official press opening on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM. A low cost preview ($20) takes place on Tuesday, February 11*, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The Invisible Theatre is located at 1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ 85719.
The single show ticket price for BECOMING DR. RUTH is $35. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, active military and students. Rush tickets are available for purchase at half-price one half hour prior to performance time and are subject to availability.
Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Invisible Theatre Box Office at (520) 882-9721 and are also available 24/7 on-line through OvationTix at www.invisibletheatre.com.
The running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.
BECOMING DR. RUTH has strong sexual content and is appropriate for mature audiences (13 and up).
THE INVISIBLE THEATRE
The Invisible Theatre (IT) of Tucson, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to producing quality theatre and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting that showcases local professional talent and guest artists. IT takes its name from the invisible energy that flows between a performer and audience, creating the magic of theatre. Started in 1971 as an arena for local playwrights, the theatre has expanded its programs to include adaptations of classics and recent Off-Broadway plays and musicals, while continuing to encourage new playwrights through both full productions and staged readings.
Under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, Associate Artistic Director James Blair, and PR Director Cathy Johnson, IT is strongly committed to community service and outreach programs. The company’s current season includes a six play Main Stage season, many special events, a world class cabaret series, organizational collaborations, educational tours, seminars that encourage community dialogue and Project Pastime – an educational theatre program for mentally challenged youth.
The Invisible Theatre, the recipient of the first Arizona Theatre Association Award for Best Producing Theatre Company, is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and has long enjoyed both local and national recognition for its strong leadership role in the arts community. Productions take place in an intimate 80-seat converted laundry building. IT celebrates its 49th season with an even greater commitment to professionalism, artistic excellence, accessibility, freedom of expression, diverse programming and creative challenge – thus making the Invisible Theatre a very visible force in Tucson’s cultural community.
ABOUT THE PEOPLE
SUSAN CLAASSEN (Dr. Ruth/Producer/Designer) continues her 45th anniversary with IT. As Managing Artistic Director, she has produced well over 450 productions and directed over 95 including the MAC (Best Comedy Director) award winning DANCING LESSONS. Susan has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association (the professional actors’ union) for over 50 years! Some of her most memorable IT roles have been Olive in OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS (MAC Award, Best Comedy Actor), Bella in LOST IN YONKERS, Alice B. Toklas in GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION, Shirley in SHIRLEY VALENTINE and Trudy and all in THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE. Susan’s production of A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD (www.edithhead.biz) has had over 500 performances and has been touring nationally and internationally since 2002. She was featured in the 2006 Republic of Georgia International Theatre Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe August 2007, and played London’s West End in July/August 2008. Susan received a prestigious LA Stage Alliance Ovation Best Actress Nomination in 2011 for her portrayal of Edith Head, 2011 BroadwayWorld LA Award as Best Actress nomination, was the Phoenix New Times Best Actress 2012 and was most recently nominated as Best Solo Performance by The San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle and Theatre Bay Area! Susan was a City of Hope Spirit of Life honoree, received Tucson’s Humanitarian Torch Award for her work on behalf of people living with AIDS, has been a clown in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2001, was selected as one of Tucson Lifestyle’s 10 Most Admired Women, was honored by the Jewish Federation as one of Tucson’s 13 Extraordinary Women, and is featured in Arizona’s centennial legacy book, “Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women”. Susan dedicates her work to the memory of her beloved mother, Goldie.
ANNETTE HILLMAN (Director) is thrilled to be making her directorial debut at Invisible Theatre and IT is thrilled to have her! She received her BA in Theatre at California State University at Long Beach and her MFA in Theatre from Purdue University. She apprenticed at Actors Theater of Louisville. Previously, she directed ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE for Live Theatre Workshop. She has also directed at the University of Arizona Department of Theatre and Arizona Onstage Productions. Some favorites are THE PRODUCERS, LOOT, BELOW THE BELT, GUTTENBERG: THE MUSICAL and JEWTOPIA. She has acted in many local productions and was an ensemble member of Bloodhut Productions.
FRED RODRIGUEZ (Director) is a graduate of the University of Arizona and a treasured member of Invisible Theatre’s ensemble. His background is in Stage Management, but he did direct the highly successful, MAC Award nominated STEEL MAGNOLIAS for Arizona Onstage Productions. He has stage managed such IT favorites as PAGEANT, FOREVER PLAID, WHEN PIGS FLY, LEBENSRAUM, LET’S LIVE A LITTLE, INDOOR/OUTDOOR and BLACK PEARL SINGS. Fred also directed Invisible Theatre’s LOOKING FOR MAGIC and THE VALUE OF NAMES.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
MARK ST. GERMAIN (Playwright); Mark St. Germain’s play FREUD’S LAST SESSION ran for two years Off-Broadway, closing July 24, 2012. The play has been open in Argentina since January 2012 and in repertory in Sweden, Australia, and Denmark. His play BECOMING DR, RUTH premiered in July 2012 at the Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires, played at Hartford Theaterworks, and was brought to NYC to the Westside Theatre. SCOTT AND HEM IN THE GARDEN OF ALLAH co-premiered in the summer of 2013 at the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Barrington Stage Company. His play THE BEST OF ENEMIES, first produced by the Barrington Stage Company, is now being produced throughout the country. THE FABULOUS LIPITONES, a musical comedy co-written with John Markus, premiered at the Theatrical Outfit in 2013, and then at Goodspeed Playhouse. Mark’s other plays include CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards), EARS ON A BEATLE, THE GOD COMMITTEE, OUT OF GAS ON LOVER’S LEAP, and DANCING LESSONS (premiered at the Barrington Stage Festival). Mark wrote the Tammy Wynette musical STAND BY YOUR MAN, which began at the Ryman Theater in Nashville. With composer Charles Strouse, he co-wrote the book for his adaptation of Dreiser’s AMERICAN TRAGEDY. With composer Randy Courts, Mark has written the perennial musical THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI as well as JOHNNY PYE AND THE FOOL KILLER (AT&T Award Grant) and JACK’S HOLIDAY (Playwrights Horizons). Television work includes Writer/Creative Consultant for The Cosby Show and Dick Wolf’s Crime and Punishment. He co-wrote director Carroll Ballard’s film Duma and produced and directed the documentary My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story with Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Edward Albee and others. Mark also wrote the award winning children’s book “Three Cups”. Mark is an Associate Artist of the Barrington Stage Company, a recipient of the William Inge Festival’s New Voices Award, and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer’s Guild East. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists.
FACTS ABOUT BECOMING DR. RUTH
Written by: Mark St. Germain
Directors: Annette Hillman and Fred Rodriguez
The Invisible Theatre
1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ. 85719
Season Ticket Holders will be seated first and then general admission.
Tuesday, February 11*, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Seminar)
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
90 minutes with no intermission.
Mature ages 13 and up (Please note: has strong sexual content).
DIRECTORS: Annette Hillman and Fred Rodriguez
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AND EQUITY STAGE MANAGER: James Blair
SET DESIGN: James Blair and Susan Claassen
SCENIC PAINTER: Tom Benson
LIGHT DESIGN: James Blair
PROJECTION DESIGN: Cynthia Barlow
SOUND DESIGN: Rob Boone and Susan Claassen
CONSULTANT: Barbara Temple
WIG DESIGN: Niesje Armstrong
PROP DESIGN: Heidi Peden
COSTUME DESIGN: Maryann Trombino
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Diana Knoepfle
GRAPHIC & PROGRAM DESIGN: Karen Scott – Great Scott Design, Inc
TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR FOR INFORMATION:
To charge tickets by phone, call our Box Office at (520) 882-9721.
You may also visit the Box Office in the Invisible Theatre Lobby (1400 N. First Avenue at Drachman).
To buy tickets online 24/7, go to www.invisibletheatre.com and click on the OvationTix logo.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.
The Invisible Theatre is fully accessible to patrons using wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges. Seating areas to accommodate persons using wheelchairs are located in the theatre. If patrons require special seating they should inform the Box Office at (520) 882-9721.
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