Ada and the Memory Engine 

At Central Works in Berkeley.

Central Works in Berkeley (2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley) will be hosting yet another world premiere with Ada and the Memory Engine, a play that honors women’s achievements in math and science. The story follows a young Ada Lovelace — the real-life daughter of famed poet Lord Byron — just as the industrial revolution is coming to a close. After becoming inspired by longtime friend Charles Babbage, who is credited with inventing the computer, Ada begins to fantasize about a new reality in which the boundaries between art and science converge. She seeks out to create a machine that will solve difficult algorithms — the first ever memory engine — but it’s not an easy task. Lauren Gunderson, who has written several plays about women’s roles in male-dominated academic disciplines, authored the play, and Central Works’ Gary Graves takes the helm in the director’s chair. If you’re a fan of both romance and technology, this one’s for you: The play’s promoters are likening it to a meeting between Steve Jobs and Jane Austen.

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