Stage Play aims to put spotlight on alcoholism

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BAY CITY (WJRT) - (04/26/15) - Corresponding with the end of National Alcohol Awareness Month, "Pass It On...An Evening with Bill W. & Dr. Bob" is using the past to give people a future.

The play takes place in the 1940s and tells the true story of the two men who started Alcoholics Anonymous and discovered 12 Step Recovery.

In two years, John Schile and Gary Kimble have performed the production in more than 60 cities in the U.S. and Canada. The idea is to shine a light on alcoholism as a disease that affects one in five people in the U.S., many of them your everyday people you'd never expect.

In fact, Kimble is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict himself.

"Today, I'm the ambassador of outreach and education for the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, traveling around the globe, carrying the message that this thing works and it does heal people. If you have a problem, go to a 12-step meeting and you can change your life," Kimble said.

"Not only are we getting to perform, but we're getting to help people who are in recovery and at almost every venue, we have discovered that people who need to get into recovery have seen the show and gotten into recovery. Every time I say that, it gives me chills because it's a miracle," Schile said.

Performances began on Tuesday and wrapped up Sunday. The play was sponsored by Peer 360 Recovery Alliance of Michigan and is raising money to help support local recovery services.

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