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Linfield College Theatre Program Presents "Ada and the Engine"

Linfield Theatre’s 98th season and 15th season in the Marshall Theatre features the plays of Lauren Gunderson, America’s most produced living playwright. The season began in September with four of her short plays, continues with the Pacific Northwest premiere of Ada and the Engine in November, and will feature Silent Sky in April.

“Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.” – National New Play Network

Several of Gunderson’s plays focus on the “forgotten women” of science. Ada and the Engine explores the life of Ada Lovelace (daughter of flamboyant Victorian-era poet Lord Byron and Lady Annabella Byron) as the British Industrial Revolution dawns. Spurned and abandoned by her husband, the embittered Lady Annabella (Raisa Mlynski) insists her daughter stay away from the impassioned, perilous life of a poet, and encourages Ada (Melory Mirashrafi) to study the sciences. When Ada meets the noted mathematician, inventor, and mechanical engineer Charles Babbage (Ben Bartu), her “intellectual vibrancy” and “leaps of mental acuity” create an instant attraction between the two. However, because of their age difference, Lady Annabella has other plans for her daughter to marry a proper husband. Despite her mother’s concerns, Ada and Babbage begin a twenty-year friendship, where their work on the analytical machine paved the way for the first computer and computer programming. Don’t miss this intimate, romantic, steam-powered, math-and-music fueled story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, Victorian computer visionaries. Dr. Janet Gupton will direct.

Cast & Production Team:

Other cast members include Marcos Galvez, Koa Tomich, Arianna Strong, Nicole Mitchell, Sydney Brown, and Calder Ifft. The scenic design is by senior theatre arts major Savannah Hurst, with costume design by senior theatre arts major Rosalie Olson. Also contributing to the production design are students Sophia Reinhardt, original music, Elise Martin, choreography, and Alyxandra Enanoria, stage manager. Lighting design is by Prof. Ty Marshall, sound design by Rob Vaughn, and dramaturgy by Prof. Lindsey Mantoan.

Dates & Post-Show Events:

Performance dates are November 2, 3, and 4 and November 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m.

11/2 Behind The Scenes: Please join us after the opening night performance for a short Question & Answer discussion with the designers and director as they share their ideas in creating this production.

Ticket Prices & Box Office Info:

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+); $7 for Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (age 10+, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. 

Order your tickets now at:

Tickets will be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning October 24 at 3:00 p.m. Located in Ford Hall, the box office will be open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5:00 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 4 and 11 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday. Nov. 5 from noon to 2:00 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503.883.2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.