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AA members flock to a new play about the group's founders

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Playwrights Janet Surrey and Stephen Bergman read the biographies of Bill Wilson and Bob Smith twenty years ago, and were overwhelmed by their stories. (Ben Strothmann)

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Bill W., played by Robert Krakovski, and Dr. Bob, played by Patrick Husted, bond over their experiences as alcoholics. (Carol Rosegg )

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Bill W., played by Robert Krakovski, and his partner, Dr. Bob, played by Patrick Husted, try to convince another alcoholic, Billy, played by Marc Carver, to join Alcoholics Anonymous. (Carol Rosegg )

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At a turning point in the play, Dr. Bob, played by Patrick Husted, apologies to his wife, Anne, played by Kathleen Doyle. (Carol Rosegg )

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Bill W., played by Robert Krakovski, meets his wife, Lois, played by Rachel Harker, for the first time since he left her to launch Alcoholics Anonymous in Akron, Ohio. (Carol Rosegg)

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Members of Alcoholics Anonymous from around the country are gathering in New York City to see a new play about the organization's founders.


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