Ada and the Engine
About Ada and the Engine
Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of the amorous poet Lord Byron, had a love of her own: mathematics. Well, that…plus a certain polymath-inventor, Charles Babbage, famous as “the father of the computer.” It’s true that Babbage invented the hardware–the Analytic Engine–but the language, the song, the soul of the thing, the programming: that was all Ada. From prolific playwright Lauren Gunderson (author of the inspirational "Emilie," which Avant Bard produced to great acclaim in 2017), "Ada and the Engine" is a whimsical scientific history that once again proves the future is, and has always been, female. Megan Behm, who staged last season’s uproarious hit "A Misanthrope," will return to Avant Bard to direct "Ada and The Engine" as part of Avant Bard’s Spring Repertory, alongside "Suddenly Last Summer."