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'BrainWorks' Production Takes Neuroscience Out Of Surgical Room And Onto Theater Stage

Drs. Eric Leuthardt (at left) and Albert Kim discussed how they take information about the brain and present it in a live-theater production format on Tuesday's "St. Louis on the Air."
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio
Drs. Eric Leuthardt (at left) and Albert Kim discussed how they take information about the brain and present it in a live-theater production format on Tuesday's "St. Louis on the Air."

When Washington University neurosurgeons Albert Kim and Eric Leuthardt aren’t teaching, researching or performing surgery, they often think of creative ways to get information about the brain and its complexities to the masses, such as co-hosting their “Brain Coffee” podcast.

Another one of their endeavors is putting together a live theater experience showcasing the wonders of the brain. “BrainWorks” dramatizes real-life neurological cases to help explain the science behind brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, brain tumors and strokes. 

The production is a collaboration between the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Nine Network of Public Media. This year’s performances will be July 19, 20 and 21 at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts on Webster University’s campus. 

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl talked with Drs. Leuthardt and Kim about what production entails, particularities about the brain that explain how movies like “Toy Story 4” can make adults cry and more. 

Listen to the full discussion: 

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What: BrainWorks: The Theatre of Neuroscience 
When: Various times July 19, 20 and 21, 2019
Where: Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts (130 Edgar Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119)

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is produced by Alex Heuer, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan, Emily Woodbury and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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