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Step into the Past to Understand Our Digital Future in ADA AND THE ENGINE

KTC_Ada and the Engine logoADA AND THE ENGINE
by Lauren Gunderson
April 13 – May 12

It’s like Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in the story of Ada Lovelace –
the world’s first computer programmer

A bright, ambitious young woman. A wary mother, who has seen where too much freedom can lead. A brilliant man, whose ideas are almost revolutionary – almost.

And the legacy of a legendary and deeply flawed father whose genius was matched only by his reputation…

These are the ingredients of Lauren Gunderson’s new play ADA AND THE ENGINE, which follows the extraordinary life and work of Ada Byron Lovelace – whose magnificent mind imagined our digital world more than a century before the dawn of the computer age.

Know Theatre is proud to bring another inspirational tale of a trailblazing woman of science to our stage, following the smash-hit run of Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky in 2016. But this time, instead of exploring the cosmos, ADA AND THE ENGINE explores the creativity and ingenuity that would ultimately lead to the digital revolution – starting in the unlikely place of 1830s England.

Ada Byron Lovelace was more than your average high society girl – despite being the daughter of celebrated (but notorious) poet Lord Byron. Pushed by her cautious mother from artistic pursuits into scientific study and mathematical exploration, Ada soon discovered she had a knack for numbers…and that numbers, poetry, and music have more in common than her mother would like her to realize.

Enter Charles Babbage, one of the greatest inventive minds of his age, whom Ada meets at a society party in her late teens. The much older Babbage captures Ada’s imagination with his prototype for a “Thinking Machine” – a device that can take the human error out of calculations by performing them automatically, by machine.

But this story is more than a historical account of an unprecedented scientific discovery – the story of Ada & Babbage is one filled with unrequited love, forbidden poetry, and the consequences of English high society’s extreme pressures.

And like many of Gunderson’s plays in 2016, it’s also full of humor, music, and heart.

Ada and Charles soon discover a profound intellectual connection, which blossoms into an emotional one, as well. But in 19th Century British high society, one cannot always follow one’s heart, even when your soulmate is also your mental match.

Know Theatre brings together the creative team behind 2016’s Silent Sky to uncover this lyrical and romantic tale for you. Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford takes the helm as director, scenic and lighting designer, and is ready to transport you into this sweeping historical drama that is rooted in Victorian England while having its eyes on the future.

And we’ve assembled a cast of Cincinnati all-stars to help him along the way. Tess Talbot makes her return to the Know as Ada Byron Lovelace, after her critically-acclaimed run in our 2017 world premiere of Kara Lee Corthron’s Listen for the Light. Playing both Ada’s embattled mother Lady Byron and pioneering scientist Lady Somerville is the inimitable Annie Fitzpatrick.

Know audiences last saw Brian Griffin in 2013’s wildly acclaimed production of When the Rain Stops Falling, and we are proud to welcome him back as the complicated genius Charles Babbage. And Cary Davenport, last seen in 2016’s rock musical Girlfriend, takes a decidedly different turn as Ada’s devoted-yet-distant husband.

Why is the Know so excited to bring this tale of ingenuity to life, right now? Says Associate Artistic Director Tamara Winters,

“Ada’s story is one that resonates beyond her century – not only because her discoveries were fundamental to the very way our modern society functions, but also because who hasn’t rebelled against being told what her place should be? Who hasn’t felt the pull of a larger purpose, despite society’s pressure to do as you’re told? And who hasn’t yearned for a larger understanding of the world – and fought like hell when they’ve discovered someone who can help them get a glimpse of it?

Ada’s story is both specific and universal – personal, but also world-changing. It’s a story of a phenomenal woman who changed the course of history, but it’s also a story of how the potential to change the world lies in all of us: we just have to look for the spark.”

ADA AND THE ENGINE is the inspirational tale that every lover of poetry, science, and progress is hungering for. Open your mind and your heart at this uplifting new play, onstage April 13 – May 12 – only at the Know.


  • Tess Talbot as Ada Byron Lovelace
  • Annie Fitzpatrick* as Lady Byron/Lady Somerville
  • Brian Griffin as Charles Babbage
  • Cary Davenport as Lord Lovelace/Man
    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Production Team

  • Director, Scenic & Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Scenic Charge & Prop Designer – Sarah Beth Hall
  • Costume Designer – Noelle Johnston
  • Sound Designer – Douglas Borntrager

ADA AND THE ENGINE is made possible with the generous support of Drew Gores & George Warrington, Dan & Fran Bailey, and the Warrington Foundation.

ADA AND THE ENGINE by Lauren Gunderson

  • 8:00 pm  April 13, 14; 18, 19, 20, 21; 25, 26, 27, 28; May 2, 3, 4, 5; 9, 0, 11, 12
  • 3:00 pm  April 15, 22*, 29, May 6
    *A pre-show brunch is available on this date with purchase of $35 “Brunch + Show” tickets in advance. Deadline for brunch reservation is April 16. Brunch provided by Water Tower Fine Wines.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. In historic Over-the-Rhine.


  • $25 regular Price
  • $15 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)
  • FREE walk-up tickets are available on Wednesdays, as part of Know’s Welcome Experiment initiative. Advance reservations to Welcome Experiment performances are $5.00.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW).

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.  

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.

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In Response to the #METOO Movement, Walterhoope’s TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING to be Screened at People’s Liberty

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Walterhoope will screen their short film TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING, a satirical love poem to catcallers, mansplainers, followers on the street, and other sundry unsavories . Based on the feminist poetry of Teresa Spencer, TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING pulls back the curtain on street harassment against women.

The screening will take place on Monday, March 26 at 7 PM at People’s Liberty, 1805 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 . Single tickets, which include gourmet snacks created by In The Field, are now on sale for $10 at, and can also be purchased with cash at the door. Pre-purchased tickets are recommended due to limited seating. All tickets are general admission.

Directed by Walterhoope founding members, Audrey Bertaux, David Mavricos, and William Vaughan; Featuring Audrey Bertaux, Billy Chace, Ernaisja Curry, Tatiana Godfrey, Padma, Teresa Spencer, and William Vaughan. Sound and original music by Matthew M. Neilson, The Curious Music Co. Surrounding the film will be community engagement, conversation, and poetry reading. Chef Kristen St. Clair of In the Field will be creating refreshments inspired by the film.

“Our goal with this project is to empower women of all background and experiences,” says Producing Artistic Director, Audrey Bertaux. “We are using comedy not to make light of the subject matter, but to rise above it.”

Walterhoope is a Cincinnati theatre arts organization, whose mission is to create the best theatre while uniting diverse art forms, to treat audiences as family and provide unique experiences for them, to use arts education to foster a healthy community, and to do it all responsibly.

For more information visit or contact them at or 646-481-8643. Connect with them on Facebook at


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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Stages Sizzling Family Drama, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF


Maggie Lou Rader as Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer-winning drama, by turns sultry and explosive, comes to the The Otto M. Budig Theater directed by Michael Evan Haney

CINCINNATI, March 16, 2018 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues their Debut Season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams. The production is directed by Michael Evan Haney, the former Associate Artistic Director of the Playhouse in the Park, and features Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s resident ensemble, including Maggie Lou Rader, Grant Niezgodski, Jim Hopkins, Justin McCombs, and Kelly Mengelkoch. This show is generously sponsored by Huntington, Murphy Landen Jones, and Roehr Insurance Agency.

The Pollitt family has gathered to celebrate their patriarch, the ailing Big Daddy (Jim Hopkins), but rumors of his declining health have everyone scheming to secure the largest part of the family estate. Meanwhile, Brick Pollitt (Grant Niezgodski) and his wife, Maggie (Maggie Lou Rader) wrestle with their own secret griefs and losses within their marriage. In the course of a single evening, relationships are tested, lies are exposed, and long-buried secrets at last come to light. This searing family drama by a true American master remains a potent exploration of the ties that bind, and sometimes strangle.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and remains as resonant today as when it was first performed. Director Michael Evan Haney says, “Living in this age where the truth is questioned constantly on a national level, it has been fascinating to work on a play like Cat on a Hot Tin RoofCat explores the lies and mendacity within the Pollitt family living on the Mississippi Delta. Lies between parents and children, brothers and sisters and husbands and wives, permeate this Tennessee Williams masterwork.” Longtime company member Maggie Lou Rader says of preparing to play the show’s iconic leading lady, Maggie “The Cat” Pollitt: “I first saw the film of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the one with Elizabeth Taylor, when I was just a kid, twenty-two years ago. Even though I didn’t quite understand yet everything she was talking about, I looked at her and thought ‘I really want to do that someday.’ And now, I’m so excited to finally dive into the role of Maggie the Cat.”

Director Michael Evan Haney previously directed at Cincinnati Shakespeare, helming The Hound of the Baskervilles and Oliver Twist. As Associate Artistic director for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, he directed over thirty plays including four world premieres and A Christmas Carol for the past twenty-five seasons. He has also directed Off-Broadway for the Irish Rep and regionally for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and many others.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs April 6-28 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM, as well as Saturday April 28 at 2:00 PM.  Preview performances are April 4 and 5 at 7:30 PM.

On Sundays April 15 and 22, bring your younger kids (4+) for artist-led childcare DURING the performance! The “Playdate” program is only $15 and free for subscribers. The option to add this program will be available as you are buying tickets for either of these show dates. Activities will range from Storytime to theatre games and crafts. Share the great benefits of CSC’s programming with your children: Playdate will style activities to correspond with each production, so even your youngest can join in the discussion on the ride home!

The theater is now located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park. Single ticket prices range from $14-$52.  Student/Children and Preview tickets are only $28. If available that day, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID. This production is a part of this season’s subscription package. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees may apply.  Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as AAA members. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at 

Valet Parking is now available for every performance! Make reservations for $10 in advance when purchasing tickets. Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot at the discounted rate of $10 (vs. $15-20+ at the curb).  Valet is available right at the corner of 12th and Elm Street in front of the theater and begins approx. 1.5 hours before a performance. Cars can be picked up for up to one hour following a performance. (After one hour, you will need to arrange pick up with the valet service directly.) The valet will have your name on the list after you purchase- it’s that easy!


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theater Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About The 2017-2018 Season:
This season is funded by ArtsWave and is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation and is supported.  The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company was one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.

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Neil Simon Proves Why He’s the Eternal King of Broadway Comedy with Hilarious BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS


Richard Buchanan as Stanley, Eric Deiboldt as Eugene and Rory Sheridan as Jack. Photo courtesy of Immobulus Photography

The Human Race continues its 31st Season with his semi-autobiographical classic,
April 5 – 22, 2018 at the Loft Theatre

(Dayton, OH) —This April, The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) is going back in time with Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy. He has holes in his shoes and liver on the dinner table, but all teenage Eugene Jerome can think of is girls, baseball and writing—in that order. There’s hardly a moment’s peace in a house filled with his domineering mother, over-worked father, and worldly older brother, not to mention his widowed aunt and her two maturing daughters. Simon’s comedy about growing up in a crowded, lower middle class home in 1937 Brooklyn is a touching coming-of-age classic that proves no matter how crazy life gets, family can make it crazier.

Brighton Beach Memoirs reveals Neil Simon as his wittiest and most poignant self. The first play of the Eugene Trilogy, and semi-autobiographical, we meet Eugene at 15, taking us through his memoirs as he writes about a blended family, living on top of each other in a little-bit-too-small house: each individual yearning for independence, yet fiercely committed to keeping the family strong. Oh so funny and relevant, I invite you into the Jerome home for a look at love, growing pains, and blood being thicker than water!” – Marya Spring Cordes, director.

Marya Spring Cordes (HRTC’s Becky’s New Car and Managing Maxine), returns to The Race to direct Brighton Beach MemoirsCordes serves as Head of Acting in Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and is a proud Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost in Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your HornLittle MeBarefoot in the ParkThe Odd CoupleSweet CharityThe Star-Spangled GirlPlaza Suite, and many more.

The preview performance of Brighton Beach Memoirs is Thursday, April 5. Opening night is Friday, April 6.

The cast of seven includes two Human Race veterans and several faces new to local audiences.

Richard Buchanan (Shakespeare in Love at Baltimore Center Stage and Cincinnati Playhouse) plays Eugene’s older brother, Stanley, in his debut performance at The Human Race Theatre. Eric Deiboldt (Peter Pan at Northern Stage, West Side Story, All Shook Up, Lend Me a Tenor) is excited to be making his debut at The Human Race Theatre Company as Eugene. Lisa Ann Goldsmith (HRTC’s Macbeth, Mame and Torch Song Trilogy, World Premiere of Windfall, directed by Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander, Sundance nominee for The Lifeguard, The Next Three Days, and many other titles) is back at HRTC playing Eugene’s mother, Kate. Oakwood High School student Julie Murphy (Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins, We Could Be Heroes, Hairspray, and Hello, Dolly!) plays his younger cousin, Laurie. Sonia Perez (HRTC’s The Fully Monty, Shawnee Playhouse’s Carousel and many more) plays Eugene’s aunt, Blanche. Rory Sheridan (The Pillowman at Falcon Theatre, Neverwhere at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and Doubt at Cincinnati Landmark Productions) plays his father, Jack. Wright State University student Katie Sinicki (You Can’t Take It with YouJane the PlainThe Children’s Hour, and King Lear) makes her HRTC debut as Eugene’s older cousin, Nora.

Dan Gray (scenic designer) rejoins HRTC for Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other HRTC credits include: Sweeney Todd, Taking Shakespeare, and more. Dave Arevalo (costume designer) is making his Human Race design premiere. Resident Artists John Rensel (lighting designer) and Jay Brunner (sound designer) round out the design team. Jacquelyn Duncan, who has worked as Production Assistant for HRTC since 2016, moves up to the position of production stage manager.

Biographies on the cast and creative team can be found on The Human Race Theatre Company’s website.

The Human Race Theatre Company’s production of Brighton Beach Memoirs is sponsored by The Richard A. and Mary T. Whitney Fund for the Arts, Marion’s Piazza, Two Friends, Jack and Maryann Bernstein, Larry S. Glickler – Glickler Funeral Home, Marni Flagel, John and Barbara Rion, and Patti Giering.

Tickets for the preview performance of Brighton Beach Memoirs on April 5 start at $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $17.50 for students. For all performances April 5 – 22, single ticket prices start at $40 for adults, $37 for seniors and $20 for students. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. The Human Race is offering a pair of discount ticket opportunities during the run of the show. A limited number of $12 and $25 side-area seats are available in advance for all performances. The Sunday, April 8 7:00 p.m. performance is “Sawbuck Sunday,” when any available seat can be purchased in person for just $10 at the Loft Theatre box office two hours prior to the show. Discounts are subject to availability and some restrictions apply.

All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Show times for Brighton Beach Memoirs are 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Performances on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday matinees.

Tickets and performance information for Brighton Beach Memoirs are available at or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office. 

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2017-2018 marks the 31st season for The Human Race Theatre Company, “Dayton’s Official Professional Theatre Company.” Founded in 1986, The Human Race moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence in its current home, the 212-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces new works development and special event programming. Under the direction of President and Artistic Director Kevin Moore, the company also maintains education and outreach programs for children, teens and adults, as well as artist residencies in area schools and a summer youth program. Human Race organizational support is provided by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, Culture Works, the Shubert Foundation, the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The 2017-2018 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, and Morris Home. The 2017-2018 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation, with additional support from Premier Health, Heidelberg Distributing Company and Buckeye Vodka.

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Commonwealth Theatre Co. at NKU Announces Summer Dinner Theatre Season

CTC_logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Commonwealth Theatre Company at Northern Kentucky University is proud to announce our 2018 Summer Dinner Theatre season. Performances begin in June 2018. Tickets on sale in March 2018.

By Roger Bean
Directed by Dee Anne Bryll
June 8 – 24, 2018 | NKU Stauss Theatre

Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny falls in love, Wally falls in line, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heartthrob Skip to send the whole situation spinning. The ‘60s hits say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, LIFE COULD BE A DREAM will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering.

CTC_The Odd Couple logoTHE ODD COUPLE
By Neil Simon
Directed by Mike King
July 6 – 22, 2018 | NKU Stauss Theatre

Back by popular demand, THE ODD COUPLE returns to the Summer Dinner Theatre stage! This comedy classic features favorites Ken Jones as Felix Unger and George Alexander as Oscar Madison. When Felix moves in with recently divorced Oscar after his own marriage ends, it quickly becomes apparent that the roommates are complete opposites in their habits and lifestyles. Oscar is a sports writer who enjoys junk food and takes a certain pride in his sloppiness. Felix is a neat-freak photographer who cooks gourmet meals and is obsessed with removing each and every bit of dirt and disorder from Oscar’s apartment. Hilarity ensues as the two drive each other crazy – will their friendship survive in spite of their differences?

For more information call the NKU School of the Arts Box Office at (859) 572-5464 or visit

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