FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY PREMIERE OF "BILL W. AND DR. BOB"
Powerful Off-Broadway Production Comes to Parkville
PARKVILLE, MO - BILL W. AND DR. BOB by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey is the first production of the Bell Road Barn Players 60th season in conjunction with Park University. It is also the premiere production of the play in the Kansas City area.
The play tells the story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The AA program has been attributed with saving the lives of millions of suffering alcoholics and addicts since its inception in the early 1930s and the play tells of the unlikely meeting of these two men and the movement that came about of that - as well as the inception of the program Al-Anon for the family. The Kansas City recovery community support for the show has been overwhelming.
Critics have called the show "Eye-opening, entertaining, engrossing, touching" and actor Martin Sheen said of the Off-Broadway production: "…miraculous story, beautifully told, of the men who named the disease and created the cure."
Performances are June 13 through June 22 at the David Theater on the Park University campus.
Friday and Saturday June 13, 14 and 20, 21 – 8:00 pm
Sunday matinees June 15 and 22 – 2:00 pm
CAST AND PRODUCTION TEAM
Bill Wilson: Jeff Scanlon
Lois Wilson: Maria Isabel Hisle
Dr. Bob Smith: Joe Caronia
Anne Smith: Jacqueline Friedhof
Woman: Joyce Halford
Man: Jon Specht
Production Stage Management: Brandis Outlaw
Assistant Director: Joyce Halford
Produced and Directed by: Mark Hamilton
Executive Producer: Bell Road Barn Players
Technical Director: Ken Halford
Set Design: Laura Burkhart
Props: Carla Scovill
Lighting Design: Luke Atkinson
Costume Design: Ashlea Christopher
Production Assistants: Susan Stanley and Tara Morse
Bell Road Barn Players
David Theater at Park University
8700 NW River Park Drive
Parkville, MO 64152
Founded in 1954, Bell Road Barn Players is one of Kansas City's oldest community theatres. From its origins on Bell Road in the 1950s to its current productions at Park University's David Theater, Bell Road Barn Players remains dedicated to its mission of fostering the development of community appreciation and participation in the theatrical arts.
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