Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) Grand Strand will present the hit play “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” at Theatre of the Republic from Sept. 1-10.

“We are honored to bring this production to the Grand Strand and share this story,” said FAVOR Grand Strand vice chair Jim Cook. “This play embodies the very mission of FAVOR. Before the true events of this story, the only option available to alcoholics was jail. Before Bill W. and Dr. Bob, there was no hope. These two men and the events of their lives opened up a new way of viewing and dealing with the disease of alcoholism.”

The show will be presented Sept. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 3 and 10 at 3 p.m.

Additional performances will be added if these dates sell out.

Based on the lives of two real people, “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” tells the story of the two men who founded Alcoholics Anonymous. When the stock market crashes in 1929, Bill W. becomes a hopeless drunk, and his wife, Lois, is unable to force him to keep his promise to stop. Meanwhile, Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon, drinks in secret. He himself is an agnostic, but his wife, Anne, joins the Oxford Group, a real-life group of Christians. Bill W. and Dr. Bob meet accidentally, and a series of completely chance incidents eventually lead to the creation of AA. This play was produced Off-Broadway from 2013-2014 in 251 shows in front of 30,000 over 11 months.

To purchase tickets, visit www.theatreoftherepublic.com or contact the box office at (843) 488-0821 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $23 each.

Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) Grand Strand is a nonprofit, grassroots advocacy organization whose mission is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders through education, advocacy and recovery support services resulting in healthier individuals, families and communities. There are no dues or fees for membership.

To learn more about FAVOR Grand Strand and to get involved, visit www.favorgs.org or call Jim Cook at (843) 602-2799.

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