Friday September 7, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Barrington Stage Company’s summer hit, "Dr. Ruth, All the Way" by Mark St. Germain, is returning this month to BSC’s St. Germain Stage, where, according to a BSC news release, it played a sold-out run of 36 performances to over 4,000 patrons between mid-June and mid-July.

The one-actor play reopens Sept. 19. The show is scheduled to run through Oct. 7 with performances Wednesday through Friday evenings at 7:30, Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 3.

The St. Germain Stage is in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St.

"We are thrilled that our audiences have embraced ‘Dr. Ruth, All the Way’ and look forward to sharing Dr. Ruth’s life story and Debra Jo Rupp’s Š performance with many more people Š," said artistic director Julianne Boyd, who also is directing the production.

Rupp plays the noted sex therapist as she reflects on a life that that took her from Karola Ruth Siegel to the girl who became "Dr. Ruth," the internationally known radio and TV "sepxert." That path begins with fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper and continues to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America.

Rupp’s Berkshires acting credits include "Ring ‘Round the Moon," "To Kill a Mock ingbird" and "The Laramie Project" at Barrington Stage; "True West" and "A Flea in Her Ear" at Williamstown Theatre Festival; "Mornings at Seven" at Berkshire Theatre Festival; and Lee Blessing’s "Body of Water" at Chester Theatre Company.

She is probably best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the hit series "That ‘70s Show."

"Dr. Ruth, All the Way" is the first commission of Barrington Stage’s New Works Initiative.

Ticket information is available through the Barrington Stage box office at 30 Union St., by telephone at (413) 236-8888 or online at barringtonstageco.org.