Ada and the Engine

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

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Mathematics

Secondary Discipline: Computer Science

Scientist (s)    

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

Character Breakdown:

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.

Links:

https://www.famousscientists.org/ada-lovelace/

http://adaplay.tumblr.com

http://www.sciartmagazine.com/blog/review-poetry-and-science-at-odds-in-ada-and-the-memory-engine

http://artsatl.com/review-lauren-gundersons-ada-essential-easily-treats-summer-season/

http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Ada-Byron-and-the-sexiness-of-math-6576286.php

Entered by: Brianna Stein, Taylor Williamson and Hannah Woolard

Taylor Williamson is a honors student at Christopher Newport University with plans to major in Biology and minor in Psychology.

Hannah Woolard is a sophomore in the Honors and PLP programs at CNU majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology and leadership.

Brianna Stein is a sophomore at CNU, majoring in psychology. I am involved in PLP, honors, and ROTC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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