Ada and the Engine
By Lauren GundersonBUY TICKETS
March 31 - April 16, 2022
Discover the groundbreaking woman of science whose work has impacted all of our lives in profound ways. Ada and the Engine tells the inspiring and fascinating story of Ada Byron Lovelace, a brilliant female mathematician now recognized as the first computer programmer. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Ada partners with Charles Babbage, inventor of the first “analytical engine.” Together they dream of the future and struggle to navigate treacherous waters of friendship, legacy, and ambition. Read the full content advisory for this show here.
“Ada and the Engine draws in its audience with unbridled passion and fascinating creativity.” ~ CityBeat Cincinnati
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Please Note: All patrons are required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Masks required when inside the theater. All performances (with the exception of Sunday, April 10 at 7pm) will have reduced capacity. For more details on these audience covid policies, click here.
If tickets are sold out, we encourage you to arrive at the venue 30 minutes before the performance to join our wait list. It is likely we will be able to get you in to see the show!
Megan Massie (she/her, Ada Byron Lovelace) is a Louisville based actress who most recently appeared at Cardinal Stage as Sgt. Gregson in the radio drama Predisposed to Violins. Select credits include Lucy in Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at Kentucky Shakespeare, and Alice Paul in Lawbreakers at StageOne Family Theatre. She is represented by Heyman Talent Agency and received her BFA in Acting from West Virginia University. As always, much love to Kyle and the kittens.
Eric Olson (he/him, Charles Babbage) previously appeared with Cardinal Stage Co. in 2018’s Fun Home. He spent two years as Houdini in the First National Tour of Ragtime, has appeared Off-Broadway, and in regional theatres across America & Europe, including Goodspeed Opera House, Trinity Repertory Company, Sacramento Music Circus, The Kennedy Center, Gateway Playhouse, Theatre By The Sea, The Falcon, and Disney’s Hyperion. In Indiana, Eric has appeared with Actors Theatre of Indiana, Phoenix Theatre, Eclipse, HART, and others, in shows including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Peter & The Starcatcher, Fun Home, American Idiot, Cabaret, and many more. Film credits include Garry Marshall’s Raising Helen, Rosie’s Rescue, Drive, The Shower Singer, Ed/Ted, and the music video Red Red Rose. As always, he dedicates this show to Suzanne, Ginny, & Nick.
Francesca Sobrer (she/her, Lady Anabella Byron & Mary Somerville) was most recently heard in Cardinal’s WalkAbout Radio plays (Elenor) and seen as Amanda in their production of The Glass Menagerie. Other Cardinal productions include Love, Loss, and What I Wore, and The Merchant of Venice. BPP productions include Home, Three Views of the Same Object and Sans Merci. Chicago credits: John Gabriel Borkman, Masterclass, Everybody and Women Laughing Alone with Salad. Film credits: Aging Senator (The Onion) Ghostwriter (Tim Miller) and Being Ian (Thomas Pace). Francesca is also very much involved in the Chicago storytelling scene, a two-time MothStory SLAM winner, she has presented stories for First Person Live, Story Lab, Do Not Submit, South Specific, Story Serenade and This Much is True. Francescasobrer.com
Kevin Aoussou (he/him, Lord Lovelace & Lord Byron) is a second year MFA Actor at Northwestern University (2023), an alumnus of Winthrop University (2018), and the National Theater Institutes Moscow Art Theatre Semester (Fall ’16). From Charlotte, NC he’s performed with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (Akeelah and the Bee), Actors Theatre of Charlotte (Bootycandy by Robert O’Hara), Donna School Productions (Eat the Runt) and Shakespeare Carolina (Portrait of Dorian Gray). Past credits also include Hedgerow Theater’s Moby Dick, and Game of Love and Chance, Theater at Monmouth’s productions of Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, and Sense and Sensibility.
Kate Galvin (she/her, Director) is so happy to finally bring this beautiful play to the stage! Kate is the Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage and her work has been seen in recent productions of A Year with Frog & Toad, Every Brilliant Thing, Ordinary Days, Newsies and more. A Philadelphia native, she served as Casting Director/Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director at the Walnut Street Theatre for 7 years and Associate Producer for 11th Hour Theatre Company for 5 years. Kate is Barrymore Award-winning director of both musicals and plays, and has a passion for new musical development. Regional directing credits include 11th Hour, Fulton Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Portland Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, Water Tower Theater and others. Kate has been proud to serve the National Alliance for Musical Theatre in a variety of capacities over the last 15 years and is currently a VP on the board. She is a graduate of NYU (Vocal Performance – Musical Theater) and Goldsmiths – University of London (Producing for Musical Theater). www.kategalvin.com
Reuben Lucas (he/him, Scenic Designer) has a varied professional design portfolio, which includes scenic and projection designs for theatre, and exhibit design for museums. His theatre design-work has been seen onstage at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, National Theatre Conservatory, Theatre Aspen, Indiana Festival Theatre, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, and other companies. Reuben is the head of the graduate scenic design program at Indiana University in Bloomington. Before Indiana University, he was a Chicago-based freelance associate scenic and exhibit designer on museum and theatre projects at various national companies. Additionally, he served as the resident scenic design associate at the Denver Center Theatre Company for four years. Reuben received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Allen Hahn (he/him, Lighting Designer) Allen’s past work with Cardinal has included Georgia McBride, The Christians, and Sex with Strangers. Elsewhere nearby, he designed Every Brilliant Thing and Bridge and Tunnel for Indiana Repertory Theatre. Further afield in the US he designed 3 Tall Women for Seattle Rep, Bust at Portland Center Stage and Studio Theater in Washington D.C., Under the Whaleback at the Wilma, and Sideways Stories at the Arden, both in Philadelphia. His design for opera includes productions at New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Lincoln Center Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Spoleto USA Festival. International design credits include opera companies and festivals in Australia, South Korea, France, Germany, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. He has designed world premiere operas at Juilliard in New York and at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, where his 2002 production of Giulio Cesare was recorded for a DVD release on Harmonia Mundi. His dance for camera work as director and designer on the short films Breath Light Stone and Mutable Spirals of Ascension, have been selected for inclusion in festivals in the US and Europe, with Breath Light Stone garnering awards in multiple categories.
Lina Ann Millsap (she/her, Stage Manager) is a native of Cleveland, OH. She is excited to be working on Ada and the Engine, her first production at Cardinal Stage. Lina works at Bloomington Playwrights Project, where she served as the Stage Manager for their production of Just Between the All of Us. Lina is graduating in May with a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowling Green State University, majoring in Technical Theatre. Previous Stage Manager credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Master Harold and the Boys, and Rent
Stefanie Senior (she/her, Sound Designer) is delighted to be making her Cardinal Stage debut with this incredible show. She is a Chicago-based freelance sound designer and engineer. Chicago credits include: Outside Mullingar (Citadel Theatre); Wellesley Girl (Compass Theatre); 8-Track (Theo Ubique); Whose Body (Lifeline). Regional credits include: Working and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Depot Theatre); The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey and Topdog/Underdog (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). Stefanie provided the sound design for Lifeline Theatre’s audio drama adaptation of Sense and Sensibility in the fall of 2021. She also works on the podcast I’ve Been Meaning to Listen to That. www.stefaniemsenior.com
Becky Underwood (she/her, Costume Designer) is very happy to be involved with this worth-the-wait production! She offers much gratitude to all those at Cardinal, the talented cast, and her amazingly supportive family.
Melinda Seader (she/her, Props Master) is the co-owner of World Wide Automotive Service (WWAS). As part of the WWAS’ commitment to supporting the arts, Melinda dug out her summer stock theatre hat (circa 1980) and in 2006 began building sets and props for local theatre productions. First, Peter Pan and Seussical at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, then 7 years of building sets for Sounds of South and Theatre South at Bloomington High School South. She has juggled many tasks for Cardinal Stage since its early days, starting with building props and supplying pickpockets for Oliver!(2007). She helped set up Cardinal Stage marketing strategies that have included building and towing annual parade floats. She has been the props master for many Cardinal holiday and regular season shows. Melinda wishes to thank her husband and daughters who are always game to help make theatre magic happen.
Emily Bedwell (She/her, Covid Safety Manager) has been involved in the Bloomington theatre scene since she moved to town in the late 90’s. Throughout the years, she’s worked with Monroe County Civic Theatre, BPP, and Cardinal in various capacities. Most recently, she was on stage as Florence in The Odd Couple (Female Edition) for MCCT and Bobbie in Last of the Red Hot Lovers for StarFire Productions. She was Props Master for Cardinal’s Charlotte’s Web and currently is their Playbill Designer. She also works as the Marketing Manager for the Bloomington Academy of Film & Theatre. emilyrbedwell.com
Tom Slater (he/him, Choreographer) has been dancing, teaching, choreographing, and coaching for over 40 years. He is a World Exhibition Champion, a style of ballroom dance that involves overhead lifts. Today he teaches in Bloomington, and coaches the teachers of 5 Star Ballroom in Greenwood, Fishers and Carmel. He is the owner of YOUnique Studio, a 600+ sq. ft. dance studio and hair salon which specializes in a boutique experience for his customers. http://youniquestudio.com
Brandon Magid (he/him, Musical Coach) is a music educator and music director and holds a Master of Science in Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago. Credits include Broadway: Godspell; Off-Broadway: City Center Encores!, York Theater; Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Barrington Stage, and Goodspeed Musicals. He has also worked as an accompanist/vocal coach for New York University, Northwestern University, Broadway Dance Center and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education at Indiana University. www.brandonamagid.com
Lauren M. Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also 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 Company. 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 South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A Bear, The Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was be released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. Read more LaurenGunderson.com,