Festival: Written By: Directed By:
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Ellen McQueen
ADA AND THE MEMORY ENGINE press kit with photos

Regional premiere opens July 28, 2017. One of the latest plays penned by our very first Essential Theatre Playwriting Award Winner and the Most Produced Living Playwright in America in 2016, Lauren Gunderson, this play is about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Described by the Huffington Post as “a rare and special artistic achievement,” this delightful play gives you plenty to think about whether you’re a poet, a programmer, a history buff, a technophile or a hopeless romantic.

Individual tickets, festival passes and group reservations all available now!

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Ada and the Memory Engine performs on the following dates:

Thursday July 27, 8pm (preview)
Friday July 28, 8pm (opening)
Saturday July 29, 8pm (Neighborhood Night!)
Saturday August 5, 8pm
Sunday August 6, 2pm
Thursday August 10, 8pm
Sunday August 13, 2pm (PlayDate)
Tuesday August 15, 8pm (Industry Night)
Saturday August 19, 8pm
Sunday August 20, 7pm
Tuesday August 22, 8pm (Industry Night)
Friday August 25, 8pm
Sunday August 27, 2pm

In the Press:

Year in Review: Playwrights Shine Dec 26

Atlanta INtown Review Aug 15

Encore Atlanta: Best Bets Aug 10-16

Atlanta Retro: Kool Kat Lauren Gunderson

ArtsATL review August 9, 2017: Easily one of the treats of the summer season

AJC review July 31, 2017: Essential’s ‘Ada and the Memory Engine’ excels

Atlanta Arts Scene review July 30, 2017

Atlanta Theatre Buzz review July 30. 2017

Encore Atlanta Best Bets

Lauren Gunderson: This Year’s Most Produced Living American Playwright (WomenArts, March 2017)

Audience Response:

“Ada’s ‘effervescence’ is contagious. I can’t imagine the casting being better – it is perfect…The script was delightful, poignant and often hilarious! I love celebrating genius women of the 1800’s! This play needs to go BIG; don’t let it just stay here in Atlanta – share it with the world!”

“This is a beautiful production of one of my favorite Lauren Gunderson plays and the actors are great!”

“As [a techie], it was right up my alley.  I love hearing the word ‘polynomials’ in a British accent.”

“Okay, ‘Ada and the Memory Engine’ has to be one of the best productions in Essential Festival’s distinguished history. Lauren Gunderson, Ellen McQueen, and Ashley Anderson are ALL Queens, Princesses, dare I say Goddesses?”

“Who says there isn’t passion in math and science? The preview performance of ADA AND THE MEMORY ENGINE about Ada Byron Lovelace, Lord Byron’s brilliant mathematician daughter, and Charles Baggage, developer of the Difference Engine, was astounding. Script and fantastic performances especially by leads Ashley Anderson and Mark Cosby.”

“ADA AND THE MEMORY ENGINE was exquisite! If you can, you should definitely check it out.”

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