Ada & The Engine is set to hit the stage this weekend!

Know Theatre of Cincinnati (1120 Jackson Street Cincinnati) presents Ada & The Engine by Lauren Gunderson. The play will open Friday Apr 13 and run through Saturday May 12. For a full list of performance dates and times, visit https://knowtheatre.com/season-20/ada/.

It’s like Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in the story of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Lauren Gunderson’s new play Ada & The Engine follows the extraordinary life and work of Ada Byron Lovelace, whose magnificent mind imagined our digital world more than a century before the dawn of the computer age!

Ada Byron Lovelace was more than your average high society girl – despite being the daughter of celebrated (but notorious) poet Lord Byron. Pushed by her understandably cautious mother from artistic pursuits into scientific study and mathematical exploration, Ada soon discovered she had a knack for numbers… and that numbers, poetry, and music have more in common than her mother would like her to realize.

Enter Charles Babbage, one of the greatest inventive minds of his age, whom Ada meets at a society party in her late teens. Babbage captures Ada’s imagination with his prototype for a “Thinking Machine” – a device that can take the human error out of calculations by performing them automatically, by machine.

But this story is more than a historical account of an unprecedented scientific discovery – the story of Ada and Babbage is one filled with unrequited love, forbidden poetry, and the consequences of English high society’s extreme pressures.

Directed by Producing Artistic Director Andrew J. Hungerford and starring Tess Talbot, Annie Fitzpatrick, Cary Davenport, and Brian Griffin, Ada & the Engine is the inspirational tale that every lover of poetry, science, and progress hungers for.

Know Theatre strives to structure their ticket pricing in a way that makes theatre accessible to everyone who wants to see a show. Guarantee a reserved seat with a Mainstage Ticket for $25. For only $15 you can arrive an hour before the show to get on the waiting list and if there is a seat available ten minutes prior to showtime, you’re in! For more ticket options and to purchase them online visit https://knowtheatre.com/tickets/. To purchase by phone, call (513) 300-5669.

Open your mind and your heart at this uplifting new play, only at the Know!

Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics.