Garret Storms, Kelsey Milbourn, Steven Pounders, and Megan Haratine
Evan Michael Woods
Stage West - Ada and the Engine
Performance: Jan 9 2020 to Feb 9 2020
By: Lauren Gunderson
Intriguing...the story is pretty irresistible. - San Francisco Chronicle
How do you escape the shadow of your brilliant, infamous father? Do you pursue
your own path, a path that leads to envisioning the first computer? Or do you
follow the norm - marry a suitable man and start a family? It may sound like
romantic fiction, but it's not. This is the amazing story of Ada Byron Lovelace,
in Lauren Gunderson's Ada and the Engine, which begins a 5-week regional premiere
run at Stage West on Thursday, January 9.
Ada's interest in science and math has been encouraged from an early age by her
formidable mother Annabella, who is determined that no shred of her father Lord
Byron's poetic and libertine nature should develop in her. Mentored by the
eminent mathematician Mary Somerville, Ada's abilities have flourished. But
now it's time for her to settle down and make a suitable match. And though
Ada is drawn to the brilliant inventor and scientist Charles Babbage, she agrees
to a marriage to William King, Lord Lovelace.
So Ada finds herself caught in an odd sort of love triangle. On the one hand,
she is mindful of her responsibilities to her children and her supportive
husband. But on the other, she is so drawn to the music of numbers and the
potential offered by Babbage's Analytical Engine that she cannot give the
relationship up. As pressures mount and feelings grow, Ada and Babbage make
a revelatory discovery which will change everything. It's an engrossing story
about a woman well ahead of her time which makes you wonder-what might she
have accomplished in another place and time?
Lauren Gunderson is the most produced living playwright in America, the winner
of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist
for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting,
and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation's 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre
Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic
Writing at NYU's Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social
Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at
companies across the US including the Denver Center (The Book of Will), South
Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of
Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!), the O'Neill Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun
Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre,
Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva, and more. Her work is published by Dramatists
Play Service (Silent Sky, Bauer), Playscripts (I and You; Exit, Pursued By A
Bear; Toil And Trouble), and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in
Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member.
She is from Atlanta, GA, and lives in San Francisco. LaurenGunderson.com and
Ada and the Engine will be directed by Emily Scott Banks, who recently directed
Foxfire for Theatre Three. The cast features Kelsey Milbourn, last at Stage
West as Masha in Stupid F*cking Bird, as Ada, with Steven Pounders, a standout
as Vanya in Stage West's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, as Charles
Babbage. Playing the dual roles of Annabella and Mary Somerville will be
Megan Haratine, seen last season at Stage West in Everybody. And returning
to our stage is Stage West's Associate Producer Garret Storms, just seen at
Undermain in The Thanksgiving Play, as both Lord Lovelace and Lord Byron.
Set design is by Michael Sullivan, with lighting design by Adam Chamberlin,
costume design by Becca Janney, sound design by David Lanza, projection design
by Tristan Decker, and props and set décor by Lynn Lovett.
Ada and the Engine will preview Thursday, January 9 at 7:30 and Friday,
January 10 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, February 9. The opening
night reception will be after the performance on Saturday, January 11.
Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday
evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. Ticket prices for the new
season are $35 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $40 on Saturdays and Sundays,
with $20 tickets for the two preview performances. Food service is available
90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised). Reservations
and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on
the website, www.stagewest.org.
STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES EXCITING 2019-2020 SEASON!
Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 41st season!
The new season will offer six plays and patrons purchasing season tickets
before June 30 will be offered an extra pass. It's an exciting mix of shows:
all six are regional premieres, and one is a Pulitzer winner. Here it is:
The Lifespan of a Fact
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
November 7 - December 8, 2019
Based on a True-ish Story.
At a prestigious magazine publication, a determined, young employee is about
to be given an opportunity. The demanding editor-in-chief is giving him a big
assignment: she wants him to fact check a groundbreaking piece by an illustrious,
albeit unorthodox author. As the deadline approaches and the lines between
accuracy and artistic license blur, boundaries are crossed and the high-stakes
world of publishing becomes personal in this brand new comedy of conflict.
"Smart...rib-bustingly funny!" - The Wall Street Journal
Ada and the Engine
by Lauren Gunderson
January 9 - February 9, 2020
Meet the Woman Who Changed Technology.
Young and curious mathematician Ada Byron is caught between two worlds. Her
mother is pushing for a prestigious marriage to Lord Lovelace, hoping to repair
the damage Ada's father, the late Lord Byron, imposed on the family name. But
Ada sees the creative potential in the analytic engines created by her elder
friend and scholar Charles Babbage. As pressures mount and feelings grow,
these two form a partnership that will change the course of the future.
"Intriguing...the story is pretty irresistible." - San Francisco Chronicle
by Lucy Kirkwood
March 12 - April 12, 2020
Tony Nominee for Best New Play
Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?
In a seaside cottage on the east coast of England, a pair of retired nuclear
scientists are startled by the reappearance of a former colleague. As crackers
and wine are trotted out, so are remembered stories, old jealousies, and
haunting secrets, all leading to the true reason for this sudden visit: a
chilling and dangerous plan. The evening will be revelatory and the fallout
will be cataclysmic. Brave, humane, and beautifully written, this play
confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves
"Excellent...both human and humane, keeps you guessing" - Chicago Tribune
Church & State
by Jason Odell Williams
May 7 - June 7, 2020
The Separation of What Now?
Three days before his bid for re-election, in the wake of another school
shooting, a Republican U.S. Senator has a life-altering crisis of faith, and
makes an off-the-cuff comment that sends the entire campaign into a tailspin.
His wife and campaign manager try to contain the damage, but in a country where
religion influences politics and politics have become a religion, how do you
reach the people and stay true to yourself? A timely and fast-paced story that
is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.
"Crackling... enjoyable, thought-provoking, and humorous. I wish every member
of Congress would see it!" -NPR
Into the Breeches!
by George Brant
July 2 - August 2, 2020
The Show Must Go On!
It's 1942, and there's a problem at Oberon Playhouse - with the director and
leading men all off at war, it looks like the season will be canceled. That
is until a determined and passionate group of ladies rally the troops at home
and set out to put on an all-female production of Shakespeare's Henry V. An
increasingly unexpected team is assembled, with a hilariously desperate array
of thoughts and ideas, but united in desire. This delightful and moving
backstage comedy examines the power of art to bring us together, even in
the hardest of times.
"Brilliant...fresh, witty and thoughtful...a total triumph." - Montgomery Advertiser
Between Riverside and Crazy
by Stephen Adly-Guirgis
August 27 - September 27, 2020
Pulitzer Prize Winner
House of Black and Blue.
Irrepressible ex-cop and recent widower Walter Washington is under a lot of
pressure. He's in an ongoing legal battle, clinging desperately to grievances
from the past. Barely holding on to the palatial rent-controlled Manhattan
apartment that he shares with his newly paroled son and a ragtag surrogate
family who call him "Pops", he is not ready to accept payout or surrender.
But as tensions come to a head in a swirl of demands from family and friends,
a final ultimatum from former NYPD colleagues causes "Pops" to draw the line
and make some demands of his own.
"Dizzying...both utterly believable and not to be believed for a second." -
The New York Times
Visit Stage West:
Season tickets will go on sale May 31, and will range in price from $87 for a
3-show value pass to $180 for a premium 6-show pass.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets will be
available by June 3 online at www.stagewest.org.
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