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Stage West: Ada and the Engine

Meet the woman who changed techn01ogy.

JAN 9 2020 TO FEB 9 2020

by Lauren Gunderson


“Intriguing…the story is pretty irresistible.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Ada and the Engine runs
Jan 9 through Feb 9
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00

Pay What You Can performances: 1/12 & 1/16

Young and curious mathematician Ada Byron is caught between two worlds. Her mother is pushing for a prestigious marriage to Lord Lovelace, hoping to repair the damage Ada’s father, the late Lord Byron, imposed on the family name. But Ada sees the creative potential in the analytic engines created by her elder friend and scholar Charles Babbage. As pressures mount and feelings grow, these two form a partnership that will change the course of the future.


Ada Byron Lovelace – Kelsey Milbourn*
Anne Isabella (Annabella) Byron/Mary Somerville – Megan Haratine
Charles Babbage – Steven Pounders*
Lord Lovelace/Lord Byron – Garret Storms*

*Member, Actors Equity Association     **Equity Membership Candidate

Production Staff: 

Director – Emily Scott Banks
Production Stage Manager – Tiffany Cromwell*
Set Design – Michael Sullivan
Lighting Design – Adam Chamberlin
Costume Design – Becca Janney
Sound Design – David Lanza
Projection Design – Tristan Decker
Assistant Director – Kate McGehee
Assistant Stage Manager – Hailey Green
Technical Director – Bryan Stevenson
Ass’t. Technical Director/Shop Manager – Karlee Perego
Master Carpenter – Allen Dean

*Member, Actors Equity Association

About the Author: 

Lauren Gunderson is the most produced living playwright in America, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including the Denver Center (THE BOOK OF WILL), South Coast Rep (EMILIE, SILENT SKY), The Kennedy Center (THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. WONDERFUL AND HER DOG!), the O’Neill Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva, and more. Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service (SILENT SKY, BAUER), Playscripts (I AND YOU; EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR; and TOIL AND TROUBLE), and Samuel French (EMILIE). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA, and lives in San Francisco. and @LalaTellsAStory.


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