Ada and the Engine

March 21 - April 7, 2019

Ada and the Engine

"Once you've seen the future, it's born."

by Lauren Gunderson

Music & Lyrics by The Kilbanes

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As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge – a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Los Angeles Membership Company Rule.

Ada and the Engine is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Run Time: 100 minutes

* Member of the Theatre Unleashed Ensemble

æ Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

  • Denise Barrett - Costume Designer
  • Rosie Byrne - Dialect Coach
  • Gregory Crafts*i - Producer / Lighting Designer
  • Jenn Scuderi Crafts* - Producer / Graphic Designer / Hair / Scenic / Property Designer
  • Roger Fojas - Choreographer
  • Lauren Gundersond - Playwright
  • Kevin Hilton - Video/Projection Designer
  • Matt Kamimura - Production Photographer
  • Jennifer Lin - Music Director / Composer (Supplemental Music)
  • Jim Martyka* - Press Agent
  • Tom Moore* - Assistant Director
  • Heidi Powers* - Director
  • Graydon Schlichter* - Sound Designer
  • Tanya Nancy Telsonæ - Stage Manager
  • The Kilbanes - Composer

* Theatre Unleashed Company Member
i Member of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles
d Member of the Dramatists Guild
s Member of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers
u Member of IATSE/USA
æ Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Venue: studio/stage, 520 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004   

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  1. lbertybell

    This is one marvelous play. The script is a lapidary wonder – at once romantic, vibrantly literate, and very much bridging the Steam Age to our 1010110 world.

    And the actors! They delivered. They really did. And they painted the picture of how intense a “romance” can be – an intellectual romance born of intense collaboration – mathematics, engineering and the very foundations of the algorithmic world we now occupy.

    The fact it is a younger married woman and an older “inventor / salon-dweller” – well, what do we make of that at today’s historical remove? This script – and these actors – handle that with exquisite precision – and truth.

    Add to that elements of mime, dance and music – actors’ movements and spare, art-tech props – and the play’s world is fleshed out in a remarkably supportive fashion. What could be a distraction is instead supportive, at once abstract and yet movingly embracing the emotions on stage.

    This is really something.


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