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Bill W. and Dr. Bob by Samuel Shem & Janet Surrey

Sponsored by the law firm of O’Donnell, Clark & Crew LLPOC&C_logo-blue
Presented by CoHo Productions

billwlogotopThu – Sat, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 22 – Mar. 30

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In 1929, an ambitious young New York stockbroker Bill Wilson crashes with the stock market and becomes a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon from Ohio, has also been an alcoholic for thirty years, often going into the operating room with a hangover. Through an astonishing series of events, Bill W. and Dr. Bob meet and form a relationship, each helping to keep the other sober. This is the amazing and often humorous story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives, who would later start Al Anon.

Winner, 2007 National Performing Arts Award, National Council on Alcohol
Winner, 2010 Best Play Award, Regional British Columbia Drama Festival
Winner, “One of the best plays of the year”—San Diego Union Tribune
Winner, 1995 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award to Dr. Samuel Shem for Addiction Study, Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions

For information on the play:
www.billwanddrbob.com
www.samuelshem.com

“An insightful new play”—The New York Times

“Deeply human, audience-embracing, intelligent writing, a leavening of humor and an innate power of biographical storytelling. A remarkable story!”—Variety

“The play humanizes the world of addiction so honestly that the production transcends that universe. To put it bluntly, you don’t have to be in AA to appreciate this show”—news-press, Ft. Myers Florida

“A textured, truthful telling of AA’s story. Evocative portraits of two complex men, without portraying either as an untarnished hero. Inspiring!”—The Boston Globe

“Sobering but not somber…The light of truth shining though the testimony of one drunk’s experience to another sparkles like fine champagne”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Whether you’ve been a spouse, sibling, parent, child, family, coworker, or friend of an alcoholic, Bill W. and Dr. Bob is one meeting you should not miss”—The Column, Dallas

Performance of this work does not imply affiliation with nor approval or endorsement from Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc.

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