Ada Byron is a curious young woman and mathematician who is being pushed for a prestigious marriage by her mother, hoping to repair their damaged reputation set by the late Lord Byron.
Play title: Ada and the Engine
Author (s): Lauren Gunderson
Publisher: Joyce Ketay and Leah Hamos
Publication Date: 2015
Primary Discipline: Mathematics
Secondary Discipline: Computer Science
Ada Lovelace: Mathematician and writer, created the first algorithm to be carried out by the machine
Charles Babbage: Mathematician and philosopher, invented concept first mechanical computer
Source Texts: Unknown
3 women, 3 men
Ada Lovelace, Lady Anabella Byron, Charles Babbage, Lord Lovelace, Mary Sommerville, Man
Setting: England , houses of intellectual elites
Time Period: 1835-1852, Victorian Era
Synopsis of Play: Ada Byron is a curious young woman and mathematician who is being pushed for a prestigious marriage by her mother, who is hoping to repair their damaged reputation set by the late Lord Byron, Ada’s father. However, when Ada meets Charles Babbage, her interest is spiked. He seems like her perfect match – he’s a scholar and a dreamer, but their age difference prevents their friendship from becoming anything more. Despite Ada’s marriage to Lord Lovelace, Babbage’s model of the Analytical Engine creates a long-lasting partnership between the two scientists that causes their deplored love for each other to be kept aflame.
First Performance Date: October, 2015
First Producer: Central Works in Berkeley, CA
Performance History: Central Works, 2015, Essential Theatre, 2017, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 2018.
Entered by: Brianna Stein, Taylor Williamson and Hannah Woolard