Off-Broadway's AA Drama Bill W. and Dr. Bob Comes to DVD

News   Off-Broadway's AA Drama Bill W. and Dr. Bob Comes to DVD The original Off-Broadway production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the drama about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, is now available on DVD.

Hazelden Publishing has released the 118-minute disc, which is available through the non-profit addiction organization. The disc also features a 25-minute talkback session.

Penned by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey, Bill W. and Dr. Bob began previews Feb. 16 and opened March 5. The 18-week engagement concluded June 10 after 21 previews and 111 regular performances.

Bill W. and Dr. Bob depicts the relationship between Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, "two hopeless drunks whose sometimes stormy friendship . . . led to the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous," as show materials describe. The drama also delves into the story of their wives, Lois Wilson and Anne Smith, who founded Al-Anon.

Rick Lombardo, who staged the sold-out Boston run at New Repertory Theatre last year, returned to direct the Off-Broadway engagement. The returning original cast included Robert Krakovski (as Bill W.), Patrick Husted (Dr. Bob), Rachel Harker (Lois Wilson), Kathleen Doyle (Anne Smith) with Marc Carver and Deanna Dunmyer.

"[This is] a great American story of two men who, alone, were going to die, but who together found a way to live," Bergman and Surrey stated in an announcement for the DVD. "We knew right away that this would not be the story of a 'great man,' but rather of a 'great relationship,' of two people coming together. Neither of them could have done it alone." For more information on the Bill W. and Dr. Bob DVD, call Hazelden at (800) 328-9000 or visit hazelden.org.