Humor Play About Founding Fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous

Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Jr. Theatre - Oct 11th to Nov 11th
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Cape Cod Theatre Company/ Harwich Jr. Theatre (CCTC/HJT) presents BILL W. AND DR. BOB – the humorous, heartwarming, internationally acclaimed play about the 2 alcoholics who teamed up to create Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – the self-help organization that today spans 180 countries, with approximately two million members.

This play by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey has been critically acclaimed as: “Deeply human and audience-embracing.” – Variety;  “Inspiring” and “a textured, truthful telling of AA’s story.” – The Boston Globe; “Surprisingly entertaining, engrossing, and touching.” – The San Francisco Chronicle; and “A satisfying revival.” – The New York Times.

Critic Tony Brown of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, says of the play:  “A sober but far from somber telling of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous...a surprisingly fun and funny intimate, balanced and intoxicating portrayal of the teamwork and tensions between the men who took the first 12 steps together...a metaphor for the AA phenomenon: The light of truth shining through the testimony of one drunk's experiences to another, a phenomenon that Bill W. and Dr. Bob makes sparkle."

In 1929, New York stockbroker Bill Wilson “crashed” along with the stock market and became an alcoholic.  Through an astonishing series of events, he met Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon from Ohio, who had been an alcoholic for thirty years --often going into the operating room with a hangover.  The pair forged a friendship, realizing  “the only thing that can keep a drunk sober is telling his or her story to another drunk.”

BILL W. AND DR. BOB will be directed by Director/Playwright Susan Kosoff, and will run from October 11 to November 11, with performances on: Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for anyone under the age of 21.    The cast includes veteran actors Ted Vitale, Phillip Scudder, Jane Staab, Sherrie Scudder, James P. Byrne and Kathy Hamilton. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling the box office at 508-432-2002.   School matinees are being planned for Grades 8-12on October 24 at 9:30 am. Please call 508-432-2002 ext. 17 tobook a school matinee.

Following each Sunday Matinee, CCTC/HJT Producing Artistic Director Nina Schuessler, along with invited addiction specialists, will lead talkbacks with the audience.

AA Disclaimer :  With respect to the Traditions of AA, performance of this theatrical work does not imply affiliation with nor approval or endorsement from Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

About Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. For more information, visit:

About The Cape Cod Theatre Company / Harwich Jr. Theatre, Inc.

This iconic 67-year-old Cape Cod theatre is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural landmark of education and entertainment for audiences of more than 20,000 annually.

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