Ada and the Engine

A Chicago Premiere!
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed By Monica Payne


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.

Featuring: Ensemble members Brookelyn Hébert, John Mossman, Laura Coleman and John LaFlamboy. Also featuring: Carolyn Kruse and Rich Holton.

Performance Schedule

Previews: June 19-22 2019 at 8 p.m.

Press Opening: June 23 2019 at 7 p.m.

Performances: June 23rd- August 4th
Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

The Artistic Home is on street level with curb to seat assistance upon request. There are seats that don’t require climbing stairs and an accessible restroom. We will also call you a taxi for the trip home and have large print programs, also upon request. For requests please email: 


Running Time: 2 hours including one 10 minute intermission

Late Seating: There is limited late seating

Content Advisory: Appropriate for ages 13+

Location: 1376 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

“Directed with heat and clarity by Monica Payne...”
— Hedy Weiss, WTTW news
“Both Hebert and Mossman are flawless in creating their characters.”
— Nancy Bishop, Third Coast Review
“ this writer’s view, one reason why we are absolutely captivated from beginning to end is because the actors all are top shelf, with perfect but easy to understand accents, and the direction by Monica Payne is tight down to seconds.”
— Amy Munice, Picture this Post