It’s like Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in the story of Ada Lovelace — the world’s first computer programmer.
Lauren Gunderson’s new play Ada & The Engine follows the extraordinary life and work of Ada Byron Lovelace — whose magnificent mind imagined our digital world more than a century before the dawn of the computer age!
Ada Byron Lovelace was more than your average high society girl — despite being the daughter of celebrated (but notorious) poet Lord Byron. Pushed by her understandably cautious mother from artistic pursuits into scientific study and mathematical exploration, Ada soon discovered she had a knack for numbers...and that numbers, poetry, and music have more in common than her mother would like her to realize.
Enter Charles Babbage, one of the greatest inventive minds of his age, whom Ada meets at a society party in her late teens. Babbage captures Ada’s imagination with his prototype for a “Thinking Machine” — a device that can take the human error out of calculations by performing them automatically, by machine.
But this story is more than a historical account of an unprecedented scientific discovery — the story of Ada & Babbage is one filled with unrequited love, forbidden poetry, and the consequences of English high society’s extreme pressures.
Directed by Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford and starring Tess Talbot, Annie Fitzpatrick, Cary Davenport, and Brian Griffin.
Ada & the Engine is the inspirational tale that every lover of poetry, science, and progress hungers for.
Open your mind and your heart at this uplifting new play, onstage April 13 — May 12 — only at the Know.
Tickets: $25 regular Price
$15 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)
FREE walk-up tickets are available on Wednesdays, as part of Know’s Welcome Experiment initiative. Advance reservations to Welcome Experiment performances are $5.00.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting knowtheatre.com or calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW).