Ada and the Engine
By Lauren GundersonTICKETS UNAVAILABLE
March 26 - April 11, 2020
ALL PERFORMANCES CANCELLED
As the effects of the coronavirus start to be felt by our communities, we want to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep Bloomington as safe as possible. It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the remainder of our 2019/20 season, including Ada and the Engine (March 26 – April 11), The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (May 1 – 17), and Hediwg and the Angry Inch (June 11 – 28). Click here for our cancellation policy and COVID-19 related updates.
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.
“Ada and the Engine draws in its audience with unbridled passion and fascinating creativity.” ~ CityBeat Cincinnati
Cardinal Stage’s spring 2020 production of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson will tell the inspiring and fascinating story of Ada Byron Lovelace, the brilliant female mathematician recognized as the first computer programmer. In order to help expose young girls and boys to this story and a successful woman in STEM role model, we need your help!
By supporting this campaign, you will give more students the opportunity to see Ada and the Engine and learn about this important female role model! Your donation will help expose more girls and boys to a historically-important role model for women of all ages, while providing all in attendance an in-depth experience of an often-overlooked moment in STEM history.
This funding will support efforts to serve 450 area students through three student-only matinee performances of Ada and the Engine in March and April of 2020, including the creation and distribution of a show-specific student companion piece designed to Indiana’s curricular standards that will provide a richly-detailed history of Ada Byron Lovelace, as well as suggestions for student activities and further explorations of themes.
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,
Director: Kate Galvin
Stage Manager: Eleanor Safer
Scenic Designer: Reuben Lucas
Lighting Designer: Allen Hahn
Sound Designer: Brandon Reed
Costume Designer: Becky Underwood
Props Master: Emily Bedwell
Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Johnson
Glynnis Marcelle (Ada Byron Lovelace) is a third year M.F.A. actor at IU. Most recently Glynnis appeared in The Lost Colony as Queen Elizabeth I. For Cardinal Stage: Robin Hood (Little John). For IU Theatre: Hamlet (Horatio), By the Bog of Cats (Mrs. Kilbride), Antigone (Antigone), The Goat (Stevie), The Heiress (Catherine), Machinal (Mother), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Arturo Ui). For IU Summer Theatre: The Foreigner (Catherine), Our Town (Mrs. Soames). Other shows include Riverland Theatre’s productions of Seussical the Musical (Mayzie), The Language Archive (Mary), and It’s a Wonderful Life (Mary). For Dakota Prairie Playhouse: Look Homeward, Angel (Eliza Gant), Oliver! (Nancy) and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Kate).
Francesca Sobrer (Lady Annabelle/Mary Sommerville) was most recently seen as Amanda in Cardinal Stages’ production of The Glass Menagerie. She is thrilled to be back in this lovely production of Ada and the Engine. 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: US/Maria Callas Masterclass, Timeline Theatre, Everybody BrownPaperBoxCo and US/Sandy Women Laughing Alone with Salad, Theatre Wit. Theatre program director and teacher for Bloomington High School North, for over 20 years, she is now retired from teaching, dividing her time between Chicago and Bloomington, acting and also very much involved in the Chicago storytelling scene. A recent MothStory SLAM winner, Francesca has presented stories for Story Lab, Do Not Submit, and This Much is True.
Eric Olson (Charles Babbage) previously appeared with Cardinal Stage 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, The Shower Singer, and Ed/Ted. Eric can occasionally be seen performing in Indianapolis with his Beatles cover band, Mathew Street. As always, he dedicates this show to Suzanne, Ginny, & Nick.
Kevin Aoussou (Lord Lovelace & Lord Byron) is excited to join Cardinal Stage for his first production. He is an alumnus of Winthrop University (Spring ’18, Rock Hill,SC) and the National Theater Institutes Moscow Art Theatre Semester (Fall ‘16). Past credits include Akeelah & The Bee (Children’s Theatre Charlotte), Dorante in Game of Love & Chance, Athos in Three Musketeers, QueeQueg in Moby Dick, and Bob Cratchit in Christmas Carol (Hedgerow Theatre), Sense & Sensibility, Twelfth Night, & Richard III (Theater at Monmouth), Sutter in Bootycandy (Actor’s Theater of Charlotte), & Dorian in The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Shakespeare Carolina).
Kate Galvin (Director) couldn’t be happier to be directing this amazing play about an inspiring woman! She is the Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage and director of this season’s productions of Newsies and The Great Gatsby. A Philadelphia native, she previously served as Associate Producer at 11th Hour Theatre Company and Casting Director/Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director at the Walnut Street Theatre. Kate is Barrymore Award-winning director of both musicals and plays, and has a passion for new musical development. Regional credits include Xanadu (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret), Lizzie (11th Hour Theatre Company), Buyer & Cellar (Portland Stage Company), Wit (North Carolina Theater), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Walnut Street Theatre/National Tour), Other Desert Cities (Walnut Street Theatre, Fulton Theater). Kate holds a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance – Musical Theater) from NYU and a Master of Arts (Musical Theater Producing) from Goldsmiths – University of London. www.kategalvin.com
Eleanor Safer (Stage Manager) is a freelance, Philly-based stage manager. Management credits include: The Hound of the Baskervilles [Theatre Horizon], The Rivals [Bristol Riverside Theatre], Egoli, The Lydie Breeze Trilogy [EgoPo Classic Theatre], Hello Blackout [New Paradise Laboratories], Hir, Ironbound [Simpatico], Sans Everything [Lightning Rod Special], Animal Farm to Table [Renegade], Avenue Q, Peter and the Starcatcher [Bristol Valley Theatre]. Eleanor produced A New Kind of Whole, a new play for the the 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, as well as After Last Call…or How To Make A Play In 24 Hours, a 24-hour play festival that donated hundreds of dollars to The Rainbow Railroad. She was the assistant producer of the 2018 International Fringe Festival in Be’er Sheva, Israel. www.eleanorsafer.com
Reuben Lucas (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 (Lighting Designer) has designed at New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass, Lincoln Center and Spoleto USA Festivals, and for companies in Australia, South Korea, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and world premieres at Juilliard and the Royal Danish Opera. His theater work has been seen abroad and in New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland among other US cities. He worked with choreographer Donald Byrd/The Group in 1998-99, the performance company The Builders Association since 1994, and artist Tony Oursler on installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and ARoS Kunstmuseum in Denmark. He is Associate Professor of Lighting Design at Indiana University.
Brandon Reed (Sound Design & Original Music) is excited to be back at Cardinal again after previously designing Sex with Strangers and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He is the resident sound designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company in North Carolina. He also works regionally across the country for companies such as American Players Theatre, Lake Dillion Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, and Bristol Valley Theatre. He was the 2019 recipient of the USITT Robert Cohen Sound Achievement Award. His design work has also been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award as well as a BroadwayWorld award. He is an Early Career Member for the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA), and for USITT. He earned his MFA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BS from Ball State University. You can keep up with him and hear more of his work at www.brandonreedsounddesign.com.
Becky Underwood (Costume Designer) is very excited to be involved with this production about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, two historical giants she met for the first time in this play! She previously designed the costumes for The Glass Menagerie, and Robin Hood, and will be creating the costumes for The Stinky Cheese Man in May. She has also been seen as a performer in several Cardinal shows and has designed costumes for Brown County Playhouse and Reimagining Opera for Kids. She sends much love to her family and all the wonderful folks at Cardinal! Many thanks to Kate, our production team, cast, and of course, my patient family!
Emily Bedwell (Props Master) is excited to join Cardinal Stage again after previously working on Charlotte’s Web. Emily has been involved in theatre in some capacity since she was in middle school, doing everything from stage management to directing to acting. Recent work includes directing Frozen for Monroe County Civic Theatre and playing Stan in Uncertainty, Or Imprecision. Favorite roles: Stage Manager Our Town, Florence The Odd Couple – Female Edition, Beatrice Much Ado about Nothing. Emily also teaches kids acting and storytelling for the Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre.
Rachel Johnson (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in Theatre and Drama with a focus in Stage Management. For IU Theatre: Tiger Beat (Assistant Stage Manager), Big Fish (Assistant Stage Manager), Haus of Mirth (Assistant Stage Manager/Weapons Master), Pippin (Production Assistant). For Cardinal Stage: Newsies (Deck Crew). Other: Still Life With Iris (Stage Manager), The Addams Family (Stage Manager), Aida (Assistant Stage Manager), Children of Eden (Technical Intern). She is from Brownsburg, Indiana.