[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Ronnie Marmo and Theatre 68 proudly announce the return of critically acclaimed BILL W. AND DR. BOB after a seven-year absence, running February 17-March 18.
This is the gripping, true story about the two men who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey. The production is double-cast and once again, directed by Ronnie Marmo. at the new THEATRE 68 ARTS COMPLEX – The Beckett.
ABOUT THE SHOW
In 1929, famous New York stockbroker Bill Wilson crashes along with the stock market and becomes a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon from Ohio, has also been an alcoholic for 30 years, often going into the operating room with a hangover.
Through an astonishing series of events, Bill and Bob meet and form a relationship, each helping the other to stay sober. BILL W. AND DR. BOB is the amazing and often humorous story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives who founded Al-Anon.
The play artfully illustrates Bill and Bob’s journey from the pain and isolation of alcoholism to the hope and inspiration they find in sobriety and helping others. The play originally opened Off-Broadway at the New World Stages to outstanding critical acclaim.
THE TEAM BEHIND BILL W. AND DR. BOB
Playwrights – Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey
Producer and Director – Ronnie Marmo
Assistant Director – Janelle Marmo
Set Design – Joey Mataratz
Lighting Designer – Mathew Richter
THIS PRODUCTION OF BILL W. AND DR. BOB IS DOUBLE-CAST
Fridays 8pm & Saturdays 3pm
Cast: Michael Rubenstone, Daniel T. McCann, Lisa LoCicero, Joyce Fidler, Richard Stanley AND Kimberly Demarse.
Saturdays 8pm & Sundays 2pm
Cast: Steven R. O’Brien, Steve Gelder, Kieren van den Blink, Caron Strong, Richard Stanley AND Danielle Montezionos.
PRAISE FROM PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS
Recommended “An often moving revival… Earnest, impassioned performances…” – LA Times
“A REMARKABLE STORY! By sheer dint of intelligent writing, a leavening of humor and the innate power of its biographical storytelling, this play TOUCHES ITS AUDIENCE” – VARIETY
Recommended “Marmo’s direction sensitively guides the action” – LA Weekly
“Passion is felt in the urgency, honesty, and power of this simple staging.” – Backstage West “See it, feel it, and it touches your heart.” – Skip E. Lowe
“A new version of the script that just ran Off-Broadway…dramatic, poignant, and compelling” – Beverly Hills Outlook
“Humorous, touching, and intelligent, Bill W. and Dr. Bob teaches viewers of the faith that is found within human connection and communal strength.” – SoCal
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