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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.


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. 


Cox Playhouse, 1517 H. Avenue, Plano, TX 75074

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.

Winner! 2007 Performing Arts Award, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence


"Captures the humor of the human experience" –The New York Times


“Deeply-human, audience-embracing - a remarkable story!" –Variety


"An endearing portrait of friendship uplifted by warm humor." –The New Yorker


“Spreads a message of hope, and the power of community" –Huffington Post


"You don't have to a member of AA to enjoy this – it's what good theatre should be" –


"Inspiring!" –Boston Globe

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