The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 7, 2013

AA on the stage

The Free Press

MANKATO — The Southern Minnesota Recovery Connection is partnering with Illusion Theater for a pair of performances of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” a play about the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Performances will be held 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Minnesota State University’s Ostrander Auditorium. SMRC is also hosting a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday about addiction, alcoholism and recovery.

SMRC is a Mankato non-profit organization whose mission is to “mobilize resources within and outside the recovery community to increase long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addictions.” In addition to serving as a resource center for meetings and events, the organization also offers telephone recovery support and recovery coaches.

On the Illusion Theater website, the play is summarized thus: “A universal human story of the dangers of isolation and the healing power of fellowship, ‘Bill W. and Dr. Bob’ is told with passion, humor and authenticity. In 1929, New York stockbroker Bill Wilson crashes with the stock market and becomes a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon from Ohio, has also been an alcoholic for 30 years, often going into the operating room with a hangover. Through an astonishing series of events, Bill and Bob meet and form a relationship, helping to keep each other sober.”

Illusion Theater is hosting 12 performances of the play as well as taking it on a seven-city tour of the state. The play will also be staged 7 p.m. on April 4 at Blue Earth Area High School.

For more information about the play, visit For more information about SMRC, visit