Monday, March 21, 2016

Circle Players to present 'Bill W. And Dr. Bob'

Circle Players of Piscataway to present the fourth production of their their 2015-16 season, the drama “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey.

This play, winner of the 2010 Best Play, Regional Drama Festival (British Columbia) & the 2007 National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence Performing Arts Award, tells the true story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.

During the roaring ’20s, New York stockbroker Bill Wilson rides high on money, fame, and booze until he crashes along with the market. 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. 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 and form a relationship which keeps each other sober. Fired up, they seek out a third drunk to see if their program will work for others.

The play will be directed by Ed Faver of Roselle, and produced by J.D. Robinson of Branchburg.

The stage manager for this production will be Stephanie Scuccimarri of Piscataway.

Appearing in the cast are AJ Liana of Bayonne as Dr. Bob; Kirk White of Scotch Plains as Bill W.; Dawn Lanoue of Metuchen as Anne, Dr. Bob’s wife; Debbie Miller Nelson of Iselin as Lois, Bill W’s wife; and Diane Teichman of Bridgewater and Stephen Mennella of Dunellen in the ensemble.

Performances run 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on April 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, 2016, with one 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 24.

Audiences are invited to join in a special dry reception in the theater lobby following the opening night performance.

The theater is located at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway. Please be advised: due to the unique layout of this theater in the round, latecomers cannot be seated after the performance has started. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain.

For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at Tickets are $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors. Sorry, no credit cards may be used at the box office, but will be accepted online

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