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Jun 5 – 24, 2022

World Premiere

An eye-opening tale of love, loss, and longing.

Based on the true story of Dr. Oliver Sacks, Awakenings is a moving story of memories, loss, and life rediscovered. For more than forty years, thousands succumbed to a mysterious sleeping sickness, rendering them as immobile and voiceless as living statues. Decades later, a brilliant young doctor discovered a revolutionary treatment to bring his patients back to life…but with the challenge of finding their place in a now-unfamiliar world.

Based on the book by Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Event information

Running Time

2 hours, 30 minutes

Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Road,
St. Louis, MO 63119

Performed in English with projected English supertitles

Accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

About OTSL’s COVID Safety Protocol

To ensure the health and safety of our company members and guests, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis will require all guests to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering our venues. You may display your proof of vaccination by either showing a physical copy of the vaccination card or official vaccination record, or by displaying a photo of it on your phone, along with photo identification matching the vaccination record. Please note that you will not be admitted to the event without providing your proof of vaccination.

For those who are unable to receive the vaccine, a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test within 72 hours of the event start or a rapid test within 24 hours) must be shown instead.

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Cast & Creative Team

Tobias Picker


Aryeh Lev Stollman


Roberto Kalb


James Robinson

Stage Director

Allen Moyer

Set Designer

James Schuette

Costume Designer

Greg Emetaz

Video Designer

Christopher Akerlind

Lighting Designer

Susanna Phillips


Adrienne Danrich


Jarrett Porter

Dr. Oliver Sacks

Marc Molomot

Leonard Lev

Katharine Goeldner


Andres Acosta

Mr. Rodriguez

David Pittsinger

Dr. Podsnap

Rachel Blaustein


Angel Azzarra

Ms. Kohl

Elissa Pfaender

Dr. Muriel Else Landau

Jared Esguerra


Keith Klein

Dr. Samuel Sacks

Made possible in part by the Sally S. Levy Family Fund for New Works and by a generous bequest from the estate of John and Sally Levy.

Leadership support comes from the Mellon Foundation and the Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation. Major production support comes from Tim & Robin Wentworth. The commission is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Audio description services provided by MindsEye.

American Sign Language interpreting services are provided by Lo’s Communicate Plus, LLC.