Bristol Valley Theater, the Finger Lakes' award-winning live professional theater, will continue its 2019 summer season with "Becoming Dr. Ruth" by Mark St. Germain.

Long before Dr. Ruth Westheimer became America’s favorite sex therapist, Karola Ruth Siegel escaped the Nazis on the Kindertransport, became a sniper in Jerusalem, and was a struggling single mother in America. Filled with humor and life-affirming spirit, "Becoming Dr. Ruth" is the untold story of a remarkable woman who refuses to accept the status quo.

Bristol Valley Theater Artistic Director, Karin Bowersock, stars as the diminutive  but legendary doctor. “What amazes me about this woman that I'm lucky enough to portray,” says Bowersock, “Is not only how she changed our way of thinking, or what she accomplished in the face of adversity (in times when opportunities for women were limited), but the joy and energy with which she faced whatever life handed her. And she shows no signs of slowing down! At 92, she came out with two books last year!”

Former BVT Associate Artistic Director, David Shane has returned to direct the play with scenic design by David Daniels, lighting design by Jennifer Fok, and sound design by Rich Miller.

This co-production with JCC Centerstage had a limited run in October, where critics raved “Karin Bowersock is utterly captivating in her all-encompassing portrayal. (She) travels through it effortlessly, weaving each story together with wit, humor, and visceral emotion.” (Broadway World).  Rochester's City Newspaper wrote “David Shane's direction keeps the audience engaged...eliciting many laughs with Bowersock's nuance, body language, and plucky delivery.”

Performances run June 27-July 7 at Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S. Main Street in Naples. Evening shows will take place June 27-29 and July 4-6. Matinees occur June 30, July 3-4, and July 7. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors, and $27 for groups of 15 or more. For reservations and further information, call the box office at 585-374-6318 or

Bristol Valley Theater's 2019 season continues July 11 with "Murder for Two," a musical mystery comedy.

The 2019 Season Sponsor is Constellation Brands with additional support from Canandaigua National Bank, The Sands Family Foundation, The Max and Marian Farash Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. "Becoming Dr. Ruth" is sponsored by  Lake Country Woodworkers.

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