The boys gather to knock back a few in a scene from the upcoming play titled Bill W. and Dr. Bob

The boys gather to knock back a few in a scene from the upcoming play titled Bill W. and Dr. Bob

Performing arts present Bill W. & Dr. Bob

Princeton Performing Arts is rapidly becoming a very exciting part of our local artistic culture. We are again preparing another live theatre production with our talented local thespians. It has been especially exciting to have so many actors auditioning for the play this time. This production is our first serious drama and promises to be a provocative and a deeply human, audience embracing tale.

Princeton Performing Arts is rapidly becoming a very exciting part of our local artistic culture.  We are again preparing another live theatre production with our talented local thespians.  It has been especially exciting to have so many actors auditioning for the play this time. This production is our first serious drama and promises to be a provocative and a deeply human, audience embracing tale.  Our cast of 6 men and 6 women, some playing multiple parts, is working hard on their characters to have it all ready for the first weekend of June.  The play – “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” is based on the true story of the two men who founded Alcoholics Anonymous.  The setting is the years of 1925 – 1935, in New York and Akron, Ohio.  The story tells the journey of these two men and their wives.  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 hung over and high on sedatives.  Through an astonishing series of events, Bill and Bob meet on Mothers Day in 1935.  The rest of the story is revealed in our wonderful stage production.  Richly textured with the ragtime and jazz of the era, the play tells a magnificent American success story.  This play has won several Performing Arts Awards including the 2010 Best play at the B.C. Regional Drama Festival.  Plan to attend one of the four performances, June 2, 3, 4, and 5. All at 7 p.m. At Riverside Theater.   Tickets are available at Shoppers Drugs and the Sunflower Art Gallery and are $12. In advance and $15 at the door.