CENTER CITY, Minn., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hazelden Foundation is proud to present the Off-Broadway production of BILL W. and Dr. BOB by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey. An award-winning play about the astonishing relationship between two men that led to the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups—a great American success story about the power of authentic connection to heal, told with humor and heart. Performances will begin on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City and opening night is Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
"The miraculous story, beautifully told, of the men who named the disease and created the cure."—Martin SheenBILL W. and Dr. BOB will be directed by Seth Gordon (Associate Artistic Director, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Producer/Director Primary Stages, NYC) and will feature the design work of Teresa Snider-Stein (costumes; I'm Not Rappaport) and Ann Wrightson (lighting; August; Osage County , Tony nominee). Roy Gabay Productions is General Manager ( Chaplin, Rock of Ages). Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey are award-winning writers of fiction ( The House of God) and nonfiction ( We Have to Talk: Healing Dialogues Between Women and Men), as well as doctors who have treated alcoholics and addicts for many years at Harvard Medical School. "On behalf of the Hazelden Foundation, we could not be more thrilled to present this production Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse. It is the perfect venue for BILL W. & Dr. BOB. This production reinforces the Hazelden vision of giving the hope of recovery to all who suffer from addiction, and overcoming the stigma of addiction. Our hope is that everyone whose life has been touched by this disease has an opportunity to experience this play."—Nick Motu, Hazelden publisher & vice president of Marketing and Communications.