Bill W. and Dr. Bob
August 3 & 4 and August 6-11, 2013
Stoner Theater at the Civic Center
Powell CDC and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines are proud to present Bill
W. and Dr. Bob to our community. Please read more about the play and our
Tickets for public performances are available for in person purchase at
the ticket office at the Civic Center or through Ticketmaster at
800-745-3000 or www.desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Performances are August 3-4 and August 6-11, 2013 at the Stoner
Theater at the Civic Center. Evenings at 7:30, except Sundays at 3.
About the Play
In 1929, famous New York stockbroker Bill Wilson crashes with the
stock market and becomes a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon from
Ohio, has also been an alcoholic for thirty years, often going into the
operating room with a hangover. Through an astonishing series of
events, Bill W. and Dr. Bob meet and form a relationship, each helping
to keep the other sober. This 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.
Why is Powell CDC bringing this play back to Des Moines?
Take a look at what is being said about this remarkable production:
- "Bill W. and Dr. Bob is getting standing ovations!" - Reuters
- "Paints an endearing portrait of friendship and human weakness with warm humor." -New Yorker
- "Not only was the play moving and insightful, Bill W. and Dr.
Bob is a great comedy as well...a must see for anyone who has
experienced alcoholism in their family or on a personal level...a must
see for all." -Mike (audience member)
- "Bill W. & Dr. Bob was an amazing production. It touched
each one of us in a different way. The inspiration and strength gained
from the presentation of this story was immeasurable. We all felt a
deeper connection for having shared the experience of this play."
-Elaine (audience member)
- The play breaks down the barrier between Alcoholics Anonymous
and the rest of the world. It shows what it's really about." -Kenneth N.
- "Earnest production, inspired performances" - Associated Press
How destructive is alcoholism?
The prevalence of alcoholism in the United States is well
documented: Nearly 17 million Americans have alcohol problems,
including eight million with the disease of alcoholism, yet only two to
three million receive treatment each year. Alcohol problems lead to
death, disability, and billions in avoidable business and health care
costs every year.
Why Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?
Bill W. and Dr. Bob is the story of how this amazing movement got started, and why it still works over 70 years later.
Because the disease of alcoholism and chemical
dependency is so destructive and AA is so effective, we are proud to
bring the story of its origins to life through this fantastic
production. Don't miss it!
Because Alcoholics Anonymous is a proven support to short and long term
recovery, Powell Chemical Dependency Center remains, and will continue
to be a strong supporter of AA. Our program integrates 12 Step concepts
and participation with the newest solution-focused and motivational
methods of addiction treatment to create a supportive and effective
environment for beginning recovery. We actively encourage our patients
to experience and connect with AA and other 12 Step based groups to
strengthen and support their hard earned recovery. We find that our
patients who do connect with AA and other supportive recovery groups
experience more effective initial and longer-term success. In short, AA
works and we are glad to recommend it as a part of anybody's treatment