Spotlight Playhouse is presenting “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” a play of transformation and redemption revealing the realities of alcoholism and it devastation on families, beginning Friday, June 2, in Andover.
The play, which features Haverhill residents Beverly Marzioli and Jeremy Barrett, places an emphasis on hope and the reminder that there is power in community. Following the Saturday, June 3, performance, the show’s author, Samuel Shem, plans to engage the audience in conversation.
“Bill W. and Dr. Bob” succeeds in dramatizing the disease of alcoholism in very human terms, showing us the friendship between these two unusual men and their mutual obsession to help themselves by listening to and helping others. The play celebrates humanity’s better impulses, perhaps its best impulse, to evolve.
Martin Sheen calls Bill W. and Dr. Bob, “The miraculous story, beautifully told, of the men who named the disease and created the cure.”
Performances of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” take place at The Pike School, 34 Sunset Rock Road, Andover, June 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and June 3 and 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors and members and $15 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at spotlightplayhouse.org, by email at [email protected] or by calling 617-470-2175.