Bill W. and Dr. Bob – The Pajama Party2023-09-19T14:38:09-07:00

Let’s watch a movie together!

Join Us! September 28, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, right here at! Together we will watch Bill W. and Dr. Bob – the story of how AA began.

How to Participate:

Watch, Donate, Sponsor!

Watch with us Thursday September 28 from 4-7 pm. We will have watch parties at our homes, and encourage other recovery centers to join us! Together we’ll learn the history of Alcoholics Anonymous with “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” written by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey.


You can watch live right here. Purchasing a ticket is a donation to House of Hope Foundation for the ticket price ($25). When you have a ticket, we will send you a tax receipt for your donation, and provide instructions by email on how to watch. We’ll also remind you when to watch! GET TICKETS


Sponsor one of our homes! Your $500 donation to House of Hope Foundation comes with treats! Our volunteers will prepare a popcorn and candy basket for that home to enjoy during the movie. You’ll get an on screen thank you during the watch party!


Sponsor a woman to stay in sober living. Or sponsor a woman to receive 90-days inpatient treatment plus 9 months sober living. You’ll get an on screen thank you during the watch party!


Donations of all amounts are greatly appreciated and humbly used.  All of your donations help House of Hope Foundation help women achieve independence, regain their dignity, and learn how to grow in recovery. You can make a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation.

About the Movie:

Bill W. and Dr. Bob

A play written by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey. Featuring: Dean Apple as Bill W. | Ron Young as Dr. Bob | Lee Rice as Lois Wilson | Linda Clavin as Ann Smith | Debbie Apple and Aaron Ortega in various roles. Produced and filmed by House of Hope Foundation. See preview and reviews below.


“Wonderful uplifting new play…a joyous drama of the triumph and survival of the humor spirit…filled with humor and grace.” -Examiner

“Top Cleveland Theatre Stories of 2010, Great Shows at the Cleveland Playhouse: Bill W and Dr. Bob. A sober but far from somber telling of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous…a surprisingly fun and funny play…an intimate, balanced and intoxicating portrayal of the teamwork and tensions between the men who took the first 12 steps together…a metaphor for the AA phenomenon: The light of truth shining through the testimony of one drunk’s experiences to another, a phenomenon that Bill W. and Dr. Bob makes sparkle.” -Tony Brown, The Plain Dealer

“One of the best plays of the year.” -San Diego Union Tribune

“Inspiring.” -Boston Globe


“The play deals with relationships…The playwrights, through the script, don’t attempt to teach, nor are they judgmental. They explore each man’s relationship with his wife, with each other and in the final scenes, their relationship with other alcoholics. You don’t have to be an alcoholic or a member of AA or Al-Anon to enjoy Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Bergman and Surrey have written a powerful script. The play begins and ends with an AA meeting’s traditional opening and closing. However, what happens between those brief scenes is mesmerizing drama…This is a good, strong story that is well written” –Talkin’ Broadway

“A deeply human, audience embracing tale.” -Variety

“The just-concluded theater season was the biggest at Cleveland Play House in more than a decade…it was the nightcap that put the Play House over the top: a production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, a play about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The show sold more than six times the anticipated number of tickets, resulting in the venue’s biggest season finale in 20 years.” -Cleveland Scene


Pictured above: Previous House of Hope Foundation Fundraisers
About House of Hope Foundation

As a nonprofit, House of Hope relies greatly on the support and generosity that comes from various individuals, organizations and grants.

In 1955, prison parolee Gloria McKee drank caustic cleaning fluid, thinking it was vodka, and nearly died. As a result of that devastating incident Gloria made a vow to devote her life to helping other alcoholic women. House of Hope was born that day.

House of Hope is in its 63rd year of providing a safe, clean and sober, nurturing environment for substance dependent women. Our mission is to help them regain their dignity and integrity by learning to live without alcohol and other drugs. We also seek to help them become financially responsible, reestablish family ties and be reunited with their children when possible.

We are proud of who we are and what we have achieved over the last 60 years.  We have served thousands of homeless and underserved women who would otherwise have been delayed or denied access to recovery treatment due to lack of financial resources.

Alcoholism is a progressive disease, often times resulting in permanent mental health problems, severe illness and death.  The sooner a woman can get treatment, the better her chances of recovery.

Through our safe, loving and structured program of treatment, House of Hope is an invaluable resource for women suffering the challenges of substance dependence. Our longevity and commitment to our mission allows us to work with an individual and their family to provide affordable, high quality care. Our goal is to never turn away an individual for her inability to pay.


House of Hope is a truly humble organization that protects the funds that are raised.

Mission Focused

We insure every dollar is invested in supporting the treatment and well-being of the women who enter our doors.


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