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Auditions for “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” – City Park Players
May 25 @ 10:00 am
City Park Players is holding auditions for Bill W. and Dr. Bob on Saturday, May 25th at 10:00 AM and Monday, May 27th at 6:00 PM. Auditions will be held in the Lobby of the Kress Theatre. For more information, email City Park Players at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All auditions are a cold read.
BILL W. AND DR. BOB
by Samuel Shem, Janet Surrey
Directed by Ty Cedars
JULY 25 – AUG 4
Drama / 3m, 3f
Winner! 2007 Performing Arts Award from the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence
Winner! 2010 Best Play – Regional Drama Festival, British Columbia
From the author of the best-selling novel, The House of God, this critically acclaimed version which played Off Broadway in 2007, tells the amazing story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, and of their wives, who founded Al Anon.
During the roaring ’20s, New York stockbroker Bill Wilson rides high on money, fame, and booze. In ’29, both he and the market crash and he becomes a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon in Akron, Ohio, and a pillar of the community, has been a secret drunk for thirty 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 which 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, the play tells a magnificent American success story.
For more information, please visit the offical website at www.billwanddrbob.com.
Time Period: 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s
Setting: Several towns in the United States, inside hospitals, homes, hotels, and bars, etc.
Bill W. – Wide range of emotions; Loud, proud, headstrong, extroverted, an idealist.
Dr. Bob – Wide range of emotions, Grumpy, depressed, joking, inspired.
Anne – A kindly, good-hearted, motherly figure living in Ohio.
Lois – Cold, doubting, lonely, New Yorker. Wishes she had children.
Man – Plays multiple comedic and dramatic roles.
Woman – Plays multiple comedic and dramatic roles.