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A Staged Reading of "Ada and the Engine" by Lauren Gunderson

Monday, April 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Fred Kavli Auditorium

Free and open to the public. Registration and photo ID required.


Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and the Shakespeare Theatre Company are pleased to present a staged reading of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson. As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

Directed by Samantha Wyer Bello, Director of Education, Shakespeare Theatre Company. Cast announced soon!

The Shakespeare Theatre Company is handling ticketing for this free event. Register via the link above or by calling the Box Office at (202) 547-1122.

If the event is sold out, there will be a standby line starting at 6:30 p.m. All unclaimed seats will be released at 7:15 p.m. to those on standby.

Photo of the Fred Kavli Auditorium at the National Academy of Sciences (c) 2012 Maxwell MacKenzie.

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