Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Ada & The Engine

    Ada & the Engine Poster

    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.

    Know Theatre reunites the creative team behind Lauren Gunderson’s 2016 hit Silent Sky for a companion piece about another little-remembered woman of science who changed the way we all see the world.

    10 words or less: In the 19th Century, Ada Lovelace dreams our modern world.
    Running Time: 2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission
    Rated: PG.

    • Creative Team

      direction, scenic & lighting design by Andrew Hungerford
      costume design by Noelle Wedig
      sound & video design by Douglas Borntrager
      Prop Design & Scenic Art by Sarah Beth Hall


      Cary Davenport as Lord Lovelace
      Annie Fitzpatrick* as Lady Anabella Byron/Mary Sommerville
      Brian Griffin as Charles Babbage
      Tess Talbot as Ada Byron Lovelace

      *Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association under a Special Appearance Agreement.

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    Production Sponsors

    Drew Gores & George Warrington Dan & Fran Bailey The Warrington Foundation