Directed by George Fox, this is the triumphant story of Karola Siegel, the girl who became Dr. Ruth (played by Eileen Koteles), a German-American sex therapist, media personality, author, radio, television talk show host, sniper in Palenstine’s Jewish army, and orphan of the Holocaust. Her media career began in 1980 with the radio show Sexually Speaking, which continued until 1990. She has hosted several series on the Lifetime Channel and other cable television networks from 1984 to 1993 and is the author of 45 books on sex and sexuality.
It is such an honor to perform here at Stagedoor as the excitement of live theater returns. The first show I did here was A Red Plaid Shirt in 2018. In February of 2020 I did Becoming Dr. Ruth directed by Judith Beasley at the Artistic Civic Theater in Dalton, Ga. We all know what happened one month later. I was thrilled when asked to reprise the role of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a strong, positive, tenacious woman who remains so to this day. She is a role model for everyone, as she teaches us to find the strength in ourselves to make the best of life, and always look ahead to a brighter future.
Among my favorite shows have been Hats the Musical, All My Sons, Agnes of G-d, Barefoot in the Park, All About Eve, Savannah Sipping Society, as well as choreographing Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Dames at Sea, and the musical review, Glory Days, with my friends at the Atlanta Jewish Community Center. It was Glory Days that presented me with the opportunity to work with the wonderful director, George Fox, and producer, Sandy Ferko. Thank you for ‘Then’ and ‘Now’!
I am not on this stage alone. I have the love and support of family and friends, and a terrrrrrific audience!
Sandy Ferko (producer) followed George as president of Temple Emanu-El and, a few years later, took a while to agree, sixteen years ago, to produce the first of the now seven shows she has worked on with George. The agreement was a birthday present when she didn’t know what else to give him and is now
known as ‘the gift that keeps on giving.’ Sandy retired three years ago from Atlanta International School where she served as Head of the 10-member Counseling Department, grades 4K-12, specifically working with students in grades 9-12 as both personal and college counselor and, later, as Alumni Director. Her theater career was short-lived…..a walk-on role in an AIS production and an uninspired role in Temple Emanu-el’s Manny production. She is also a member of Bob’s Broadway Chorus which entertains residents at a number of senior living facilities. In addition to working on the show, she spends much time with her wonderful friends and with grandchildren Royse and Thatcher and their parents, Brant and Jessica who she thanks for her favorite role, grandma.
George Fox (director) created Emory University’s Ad Hoc Productions. He has directed Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly!, Annie Get Your Gun, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Once Upon A Mattress, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, My Fair Lady and many more. He has also directed shows for Temple Emanu-El, Congregation Etz Chaim, Dunwoody Methodist Church and the Jewish Community Center. He created the MJCCA’s endowment structure and has done that for other charitable organizations including Temple Emanu-El where he served as president. He recently retired from the practice of law. He is incredibly thankful for wife Michele, who makes directing and all else possible, and children Jennifer and Lee, Erica, Josh, and Rachel and Ari. He also thanks his ten wonderful grandchildren for bringing so much joy to his life.