Second Chance Players Presents: Bill W. and Dr. Bob
This critically acclaimed play performed Off-Broadway in 2007, telling the amazing story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, and of their wives who founded Al-Anon.
During the roaring twenties, New York stockbroker Bill Wilson rides high on money, fame, and booze. In 1929, both he and the market crash and he becomes a hopeless drunk. Across the country, Dr. Bob Smith is a surgeon in Akron, Ohio, and a pillar of the community. He has been a secret drunk for 30 years, often going into the operating room hungover and high on sedatives. His family has tried everything to no avail.
Through an astonishing series of events involving doctors, ministers, the Oxford Group evangelical movement, and Henrietta Sieberling, a scion of the Goodyear Rubber fortune, Bill and Bob meet on Mother’s Day of 1935. The two men form a relationship that keeps each sober. Fired up, they seek out a third drunk to see if their program will work for others.
Richly textured with the ragtime and jazz of the era, Bill W. and Dr. Bob tells a magnificent American success story with warmth and humor.