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Awakenings
PREMIERE6/5/2021
COMPOSERTobias Picker   
LIBRETTISTAryeh Lev Stollman   
 
Synopsis
Awakenings is based on Dr. Oliver Sacks' acclaimed 1973 book, which relates his astonishing work with victims of the great sleeping-sickness pandemic of 1916-1927, Encephalitis Lethargica. Although millions died during the pandemic, many thousands lived on to be left “frozen,” like living statues, often locked away in hospital wards, forgotten and “asleep.” In the late 1960s, Sacks recognized that real lives were trapped inside these forlorn bodies. By experimenting with the wonder drug L-DOPA used to treat Parkinson's, he began to bring these patients back into being—real people who had lost decades of their lives.
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This work ranks as the #281 most produced North American title since 2000.
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