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PURE Theatre to Produce “Becoming Dr. Ruth” this July



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On Friday, July 12th, PURE Theatre will open Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain as their 2019 Summer Slam production. Directed by PURE Theatre Artistic Director and Co-Founder Sharon Graci, the play features Teralyn Tanner Reiter as Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the face of television and radio sex therapy throughout the 1980’s.

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career, but few know the journey that preceded it. “What an amazing woman!” says PURE Theatre Artistic Director, Sharon Graci. “Prior to discovering Becoming Dr. Ruth, I was completely unaware of just how extraordinary Dr. Westheimer’s life has been.

If we only consider her work as America’s most renowned sex therapist, we really are only getting the smallest part of her picture. From fleeing the Nazis in her native Germany, to her training as a sniper in Jerusalem, to struggling as a single mother, to advocating tirelessly for women’s rights, she has always been an exceptional maverick thinker and crusader, tirelessly fighting for what she believes is right.”

Following its opening on July 12th, 2019, this production will run through July 28th, 2019 at the Cannon Street Arts Center at 134 Cannon Street. Regular performance times are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm with matinee performances on Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 28th at 3 pm. There will not be a performance on Friday, July 26th.

Tickets for Becoming Dr. Ruth are on sale now at and at the PURE Theatre box office. Tickets range from $10-$25 and advance purchases are strongly recommended. In an effort to make attendance as accessible as possible, PURE will offer a number of opportunities for accessible ticket rates throughout the run, including two Pay-What-You-Will performances on Thursday, July 11th and Wednesday, July 17th at 7:30 pm. The regular $15 student ticket rate and a limited number of $10 tickets (limit two per purchase) will also be available for each performance on a first come, first served basis. To purchase 10 for $10 tickets, please use the code “welcome” on PURE’s website at or call the box office at 843-723-4444.

Additional information about Becoming Dr. Ruth can be found on PURE’s website at or by calling the box office at 843.723.4444 Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 6 pm and two hours prior to curtain on performance days.

PURE Theatre is now located at 134 Cannon Street.



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