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Bill W. and Dr. Bob Auditions

March 25 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM



PM&L Theatre and director Lorrie Ferguson are pleased to welcome actors of all ages to audition for our production of Bill W and Dr. Bob by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey.

Auditioners must have completed their online audition form and reserved an audition slot before arrival. Audition forms and slots can be scheduled on a walk-in basis but are preferred in advance.

Auditions will be held on Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at PM&L Theatre, located at 877 Main Street in Antioch, IL. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, March 27. Each auditioner will audition in small groups. Auditioners will read both monologues and cold readings from the script however, prepared monologues are not necessary.

Audition sides can be found here: Bill W, Dr. Bob, Lois, Anne

There are no rules for children or young adults in this production. The show is set primarily in the 1930s, and both humor and dramatic acting will be required.

Bill W. and Dr. Bob will open on Friday, May 17, and will run for three weekends until Sunday, June 2.

About the Show

PM&L Theatre invites you to audition for our upcoming production of ‘Bill W. and Dr. Bob,’ the remarkable and inspiring story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, and the supportive, enduring friendship they formed. This powerful play delves into their struggles with addiction, the groundbreaking partnership that emerged, and the legacy of hope and recovery they left behind. Set against the backdrop of America in the 1920s and 30s, ‘Bill W. and Dr. Bob’ not only explores the personal battles of its titular characters but also illuminates the journey of many who find solace and strength in shared experiences.

We’re seeking actors to bring to life this poignant narrative that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the importance of community, and the transformative power of empathy and understanding. Roles are available for a diverse cast of characters who played pivotal roles in Bill and Bob’s lives and in the founding of an organization that would change millions of lives around the world.

Whether you’re drawn to the historical significance of the story, the deep emotional resonance of the characters, or the opportunity to be part of a production that speaks to the heart of human connection and redemption, ‘Bill W. and Dr. Bob’ offers a rewarding and challenging experience for actors.

Join us in telling this powerful tale of friendship, recovery, and the light that can emerge from the darkest of times.

Cast of Characters

Bill Wilson
Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a struggling stockbroker who battles his own alcoholism.
Dr. Bob Smith
A surgeon from Akron, Ohio, and the other co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, fighting his own battle with alcohol.
Lois Wilson
Bill’s supportive but weary wife who faces the challenges of her husband’s addiction while finding her own path to recovery.
Anne Smith
Dr. Bob’s devoted wife, strong and patient, she plays a crucial role in the foundation of AA and the support system for the families of alcoholics.
Henrietta Seiberling
A friend of the Smiths who introduces Bill to Dr. Bob, instrumental in the founding moments of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Bill Dotson
A known “hopeless” alcoholic who becomes AA’s third member after being visited by Bill and Bob while hospitalized.
Ebby Thatcher
Bill W.’s old drinking buddy who has found sobriety through a Christian fellowship, inspiring Bill to seek a spiritual solution to his problem.
Dr. Silkworth
The doctor at Towns Hospital who treats Bill W. and provides crucial medical insight into the disease concept of alcoholism.
Various Roles
Includes members of the Oxford Group, hospital staff, townspeople, and others impacted by the lives and efforts of Bill W. and Dr. Bob.


Contact the director, Lorrie Ferguson via email.



March 25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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PM&L Theatre
877 Main St
Antioch, IL 60002 United States
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