Illusion Theater presents ‘Bill W. and Dr. Bob’ [UPDATED]Published 9:11am Thursday, March 21, 2013 Updated 11:14am Thursday, March 21, 2013
Based on true events, “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” tells the story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. (This works does not imply affiliation with nor approval or endorsement from Alcoholics World Services, Inc.)
A Center for the Arts will be presenting Illusion Theater’s touring production of this play at the Fergus Theatre in downtown Fergus Falls at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. General seating tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children/students.
For more information or tickets, call AC4TA at 218-998-ARTS (2787) or visit www.FergusArts.org
Written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey, and directed by Michael Robins, “Bill W. and Dr, Bob” is the amazing and often amusing account of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives, who founded Al-Anon. Portions of this play may not be suitable for all audience members.
In 1929, famous New York stockbroker Bill Wilson crashes with the stock market and becomes a hopeless drunk.
In Ohio, Dr. Bob Smith is a surgeon who has been an alcoholic for 30years, often going into the operating room with a hangover.
Through an astonishing series of events, Bill W. and Dr. Bob meet.
They form a friendship, each helping to keep the other sober.
This play is the story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous.
The play also introduces us to Bill Wilson’s wife, Lois Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith’s wife, Anne Smith.
The play charts the struggle of their families as Lois and Anne try to support their husbands. Eventually Lois Wilson and Anne Smith’s stewardship with the families of alcoholics led to the founding of Al-Anon, a group like Alcoholics Anonymous, for the families of alcoholics.
Illusion Theater was founded in 1974 and presents its season on the eighth floor of The Cowles Center for Dance and The Performing Arts in downtown Minneapolis.
Since the beginning, Producing Directors Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have led Illusion Theater in Illuminating the illusions, myths and realities of our times using the power of theater to catalyze personal and social change.
In more than 35 years, Illusion has generated over 500 plays, developed thousands of artists, and created ground-breaking educational works.
For more about Illusion Theater, please visit: illusiontheater.org