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27 September 2012 @ 02:53 pm
Childe Byron  
I've been really busy... which is why I never seem to post anything aside from show announcements these days. I've worked really hard on this next show, which opens tomorrow night at Allens Lane Theatre. The subject has captured my imagination, as she can not fail to capture yours, if you know anything about her life. Ada, Countess of Lovelace, was the legitimate daughter of rockstar poet, Lord Byron, and mathematician, Annabella Milbanke... and a gifted mathematician and scientist in her own right, widely credited with being the first computer programmer for her work with Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine.

She was a complex and gifted woman who died of cancer at the age of 36... the same age Byron was when he died, and the age his father was before him. The play takes place on the last day of her life as she wildly tries to make sense of her life and the life of the father she never knew.

Chris Braak plays Lord Byron, and Shamus Hunter McCarty plays him as a young boy. More pictures of other cast mates to come soon.

childe byron

ada lovelace

poet byron
Current Location: the boudoir
Current Mood: enthralledbyronic
Current Music: berlioz
Lady Celialadycelia on September 27th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
There's no way for me to get to Philadelphia--do you know if the text of the play is available somewhere? It sounds entrancing.
trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it must be! The playwright is Romulus Linney (Laura Linney's father.)
Lady Celialadycelia on October 2nd, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info--that should make it easy to find.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Gentianpameladean on September 27th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
You make me wish that I lived in Philadelphia so that I could see the play.

I also wish that someone would write a play called "Childe Ada."

trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed the play isn't done more frequently -- it's a work of art.
Lois Athena Buhalislois2037 on September 27th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
I love the whole idea of this! It's too bad I live so far away...
trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
It's definitely one of those projects you do for love, not money ;)
rocket_jockey: honeydewrocket_jockey on September 27th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Fracture a limb, cousin! Philly is a long way from here, but I'll think Byronic thoughts for you tomorrow night.
trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think your Byronic thoughts reached us intact.
Empress of Elvis [Costello] Impersonatorsms_violet on September 27th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I really want to see this.
trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Come see it!
lawbabeaklawbabeak on September 28th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
The advantage of you working so much is it drastically increases the chances of me seeing you perform, should I happen to find myself back in Philly.

Break a leg! This role sounds like a really interesting one.
trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Luckily, I'm pretty booked through the end of the year!
meccahi: Smirkmeccahi on September 28th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
I wish I were not so far away..that sounds like a fantastic play!
trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
So do I! I think you'd love it.
A Girl with Stories and Memoriestigerinvaseline on September 28th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
This play just sounds so fascinating. I don't know much about Ada Lovelace other than what you have been sharing, but I am intrigued to learn more and wish I could see your play. The costuming and of course, Kyle's Photos look so true to the time period.

Also, a little early happy birthday wish to you dear friend. May your next year be full of beauty and inspiration.
trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Maura! I hope the next year brings us together again!
A Girl with Stories and Memoriestigerinvaseline on October 1st, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
I would like that very much! I am visiting Chicago this week, and there will be a Trillian shaped space where we will all wish you could be.
Maleghast a.k.a. The Techno-Mage: 2008maleghast on September 28th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
All the very best for opening night; break a leg!

I can't tell you how excited I am that I am going to get to see this one! :-)
trillian_starstrillian_stars on October 1st, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
We're looking forward to seeing you!