Ada and the Engine

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Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of the amorous poet Lord Byron, had a love of her own: mathematics. Well,  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 with a big heart that once again proves the future is, and has always been, female.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Ada Byron Lovelace
Charles Babbage
Lady Anabella Byron/Mary Somerville
Lord Lovelace/Lord Byron

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