Bill W. and Dr. Bob is an emotionally powerful and entertaining play. It's played to sold-out audiences around the country, and now it's making its way to the Soho Playhouse. Written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey and based on a true story, this is the amazing and often amusing account of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous. The play artfully illustrates Bill and Bob's journey from the pain and isolation of alcoholism to the hope and inspiration they found in sobriety and helping others.
This acclaimed play about the two title characters, the men who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, is returning in a new production directed by Seth Gordon. This stirring and surprisingly humorous play by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey portrays their meeting and friendship and chronicles the beginnings of A.A. by the stockbroker Bill Wilson and the surgeon Dr. Bob Smith and the founding of Al Anon by their wives Lois and Anne. After being diagnosed as an incurable alcoholic, failed stockbroker Bill Wilson thought the way to fully recover, after previous attempts, was to speak with a fellow alcoholic. During a trip to Akron, Wilson called a clergyman and asked for the name of a local alcoholic to speak to, which led him to respected surgeon Bob Smith. They met the night of May 12, 1935, in the living room of Akron matron Henrietta Sieberling and spoke for six hours straight. This was the first AA meeting and within a month, the support group was founded.