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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

Cast & Creative Team

Tobias Picker


Aryeh Lev Stollman


Roberto Kalb


James Robinson

Stage Director

Jarrett Porter

Dr. Oliver Sacks

Susanna Phillips


Adrienne Danrich


Katharine Goeldner


Andres Acosta

Mr. Rodriguez

David Pittsinger

Dr. Podsnap

Leadership support comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation. 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.