El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series: Life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Most people know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as the frank-talking sex therapist who caused a sensation on TV and radio. But they may not know that Karol Ruth Siegel lost her parents in the Holocaust, fled the Nazis, became a sniper, taught psychology and raised two children as a single mother in America.

The incomparable Darci Georges brings Westheimer’s story to life in the Stageworks Ensemble production of Becoming Dr. Ruth, part of the second season of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

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Performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in the Philanthropy Theatre, part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com (additional online charges may apply), 800-745-3000 and 915-546-0609.

Star Darci Georges likes playing real people on stage. “It such a huge challenge for an actress,” she said, adding that Dr. Ruth’s life is particularly fascinating. “She’s a character, kind of like me. It should be fun,” she said.

Stageworks founder and El Paso theater veteran Ivan Sandlin directs the one-woman show, written by Mark St. Germain.

The remaining productions of the 2015-2016 Jewel Box Series are listed on the next page.



Eric Pearson


El Paso Community Foundation



Kathrin Berg

Vice President/Donor Relations

El Paso Community Foundation



El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at

the Philanthropy Theatre


Garden of the Flourescent Flowers — The Youth Collaborative of the Arts’ new play

chronicles a gardener and a scientist as they try to find common ground.

April 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Precious Heart — El Paso native Ted Karber Jr. brings his heartwarming comedy home to the

Sun City. Set in the fictitious West Texas town of Precious Heart, it’s about sixtysomething

Fleeta Mae Bryte (played by Ohio actor Greg Smith), who shares stories over coffee about her

past, her family and her dreams. It replaces the previously announced Measure of a Plausible


May 13-14 at 7 p.m., May 15 at 2:30 p.m.

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