• Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Play)
    By Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey

  • Produced by Wide Awake Productions
    Directed by Glenn Dodson

  • Bill W. and Dr. Bob is a wonderfully told, universally compelling story about the triumph of the human spirit.  It is a true story that, in my  opinion, could not have happened by accident or coincidence, but rather took place because of divine intervention.  This is a story about relationships.  It is a story about hope, about possibilities.  In my humble opinion it touches that part in each of us that searches for all those things within ourselves.

  • Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith met on Mother’s Day 1935, and their lives were never the same again after that first meeting. These two men formed a relationship and helped each other stay sober, and then on that basis they started a program of recovery the likes of which the world had never known.  Prior to that, alcoholics suffered from a hopeless condition and lead a miserable existence, the end of which was usually insanity or death.  Thanks to that first meeting, which I believe was divinely arranged, many other lives have also been changed in the 80 years that have followed.  We can all be grateful to a Higher Power for putting these two men together and for the work that Power did in and through them.

    Here is a little more about the action of the play:
    It's the roaring '20s and New York stockbroker Bill Wilson rides high on money, fame, and booze.  In '29, both he and the market crash and he becomes a hopeless drunk.  In 1934 Ebby Thatcher, an old drinking buddy, pays Bill a visit to tell him of his newfound sobriety.  A little later Bill has a spiritual awakening and begins his own journey in sobriety.  In May 1935, Bill makes a business trip to Akron, Ohio, where he is introduced Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon, and an alcoholic for thirty years.  The two men form a relationship and help each other stay sober based on the belief that Alcoholics can stay sober by honestly sharing their experience and hope with each other.  They set out to find and help a third alcoholic, and to prove that their program works.  Eventually they meet Billy Dotson who is willing to ask for help and becomes AA number three.