STL To Do: Kate Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’

St. Louis Actors' Studio stages feminist classic

Emily Baker and Antonio Rodriguez star in “The Awakening,” based on the book by St. Louis author Kate Chopin (1850-1904). Perhaps the most controversial novel of its day, “The Awakening” is now considered a landmark of feminist literature.

“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin is adapted for the stage by Henry I. Schvey and presented by St. Louis Actors’ Studio at the Missouri History Museum March 13-23. This is a story about a wife and mother in late 19th-century New Orleans who dares to challenge the mores imposed upon her by society. The journey of self-discovery that follows makes us question whether her actions are liberating or merely selfish.

— Cindy Kahn, assistant to the chair, Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences

Event Details:

Who: The St. Louis Actors’ Studio

What: Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening,” adapted to the stage by Henry I. Schvey

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23

Where: Des Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum, Forest Park

More info: 314-361-9017 or