August 20 - 30, 2015

Inspiring and highly enjoyable.
— New York Times

 By Mark St. Germain
 Directed by Craig Johnson

Photo by sarah whiting

Photo by sarah whiting

A Solo Performance With
Miriam Schwartz

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is well-known for her career as a pioneering sex therapist, but few people know her incredible life story. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and becoming an Israeli sniper, to her struggle to succeed as a single mother in America, Mark St. Germain deftly illuminates this remarkable woman's untold story. Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became Dr. Ruth.

Please see our Performance Calendar for dates and times.

FOR TICKETS CALL 651-647-4315

Doorways Programs: Post-Show Discussions

Thursday, August 27: Let's Talk About Sex Therapy featuring Ruth Markowitz, MA, LP, and Jeff Brown, PhD

Sunday, August 30: Sex and the Law, CLE (1 credit applied for) Moderated by Marshall Tanick and featuring attorney Randall Tigue, psychologists Dr. Greg Eichenfield and Dr. Deborah Rich, and attorney Cathy Gorlin.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Lunds & Byerlys Highland Park. 

Meet the Artists

Miriam Schwartz (Dr. Ruth) is a Seattle native and graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. She is thrilled to be working again with MJTC where she was previously seen as Jessica in Jericho, and Ayelet in Handle With Care. Other theater credits include Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Gabriel), 7th House Theater (Cinephillia), Workhaus Collective (Homegrown, The Hollow), Guthrie Theater (Born Yesterday), and Theatre Forever (The Brutes), as well as roles including Sonya in Uncle Vanya,  Jenny in In Game or Real, and multiple roles in Clandestino. She wishes to thank Craig and Barbara for the opportunity to portray this incredible woman.

Craig Johnson (Director) has directed and acted at many area theaters including MJTC, directing Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Shmucks and appearing in Jest a Second. He recently directed The Matchmaker for Girl Friday Productions and Boeing Boeing for Torch Theater. Craig received Ivey Awards for directing (Street Scene, Girl Friday Productions, 2011) and acting (Gross Indecency, Walking Shadow, 2013) and was named Theatre Artist of the Year 2013 by City Pages. 

Kirby Moore (Scenic Design) began his Twin Cities career on a design internship at Children's Theatre Company. Former MJTC design work includes The Chanukah Guest, King of the Kosher Grocers, Rose, Sight Unseen, and The Magic Dreidels. Design work for other theaters includes Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, and Theatre in the Round. Feature film credits include Purple Rain, Runaway Train, Invaders from Mars, That Was Then, This Is Now, and many television commercials. Kirby is the resident designer and technical director for Metropolitan State University, and prop master for the History Theatre.

Liz Josheff Busa (Costume and Prop Design) is pleased to be back at MJTC, having previously designed for Jericho and Stars of David. As well as being a freelance designer, she is a Red Eye Theater company member where she has collaborated on over 40 productions. Her theater work includes costume, set, and projection design. In addition, she has designed for film and television, and has worked in arts education as a teaching artist.

Paul Epton (Lighting Design) discovered theater lighting at Carleton College and was an award-winning designer in Detroit. Since moving to Minneapolis, he’s designed regularly for MJTC (over 50 shows, including Photograph 51, Handle With Care, Goats, My Name is Asher Lev, Women's Minyan, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Rose, Old Wicked Songs, and The Chosen), Mixed Blood Theatre, Off-Leash Area, Torch Theater, and the Jon Hassler Theater. 

Anita Kelling (Sound Design) graduated from the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2010 with a BA in Theatre Arts. She is delighted to return to MJTC, where she previously designed The Chanukah GuestHandle with CareHanukkah Lights in the Big Sky, and The Magic Dreidels. Around town, she has designed productions for Park Square Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, 20% Theatre Company, COLLIDE Theatrical Dance, Theatre Unbound, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Chameleon Theatre Circle, and The Sabes JCC Theatre.

Laura B Adams (Wig Design) has been making wigs for over 30 years. She learned the trade as a student at The Children's Theatre Company Conservatory School where performing arts students were required to study production arts. Laura is an actor as well, most recently in MJTC's production of Stars of David, but spends her days as the Wig Master at the Guthrie Theater. She occasionally designs wigs for other local theaters such as The Old Log and The Jungle Theatre.

Jonathan Gross (Projections Design) consulted on the projection design for MJTC’s recent productions of My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Photograph 51, and The History of Invulnerability. He has previously been a technical assistant to lighting and set designers for several productions at MJTC, including The Chanukah Guest, Moonlight and Magnolias, My Name is Asher Lev, and Our Class. Jon is a visual artist and photographer.  

Foster Johns (Dialect Coach) has served as dialect coach for MJTC (Photograph 51), Park Square, Bloomington Civic Theater, Chain Reaction Theatre Project, Theater Latté Da, Theatre in the Round Players, and the Old Log. He is a proud member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association for which he is the associate editor of the VASTA Voice. This fall he will begin pursuing an MFA in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Kelli Tucker (Stage Manager) has been the regular stage manager for MJTC since 2011. She is proud to be working on her 22nd production at MJTC, Becoming Dr. Ruth. She stage-managed the Ivey Award-winning production, Rose. Other credits at MJTC include Jericho, Stars of David, New Jerusalem, Handle with Care, Our ClassMy Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Photograph 51, and others.