Dr Stephen Bergman

THERE’S a universal theme that prominent addiction psychiatrist, bestselling author and playwright Samuel Shem says permeates all his work – “the danger of isolation and the healing power of mutual connection”.

That’s why the head of addiction at Harvard Medical School, real name Dr Stephen Bergman, expects diverse audiences to warm to the premiere Australian production of his play Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

This is despite the fact it deals with what might sound like a niche subject – the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous.

US-based Shem is best known for the widely influential

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