Behind the Scenes of <i>Ada and the Engine</i>

by | Mar 28, 2019 | Acting, Designing, Producing, The StageCrafts, Theatre Unleashed, What We Do When We're Dark | 0 comments

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Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Creative Multi-Hyphenate

An award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt, Greg graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003. Soon after, Greg migrated to Los Angeles seeking adventure in the entertainment industry. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

Episode 2.2 – Ada and the Engine | What We Do When We’re Dark

This episode… we’re not dark! What?!

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This week, Greg takes us behind the scenes of Ada and the Engine, now running at studio/stage! Ada and the Engine is a new play by Lauren Gunderson about Ada Lovelace, the mother of the modern computer, and her relationship with inventor Charles Babbage.

Greg’s been all over this production as a producer, lighting designer, and actor. Get a quick peek behind the curtain at some pre-show shenanigans, and our opening night celebration!

Featuring original music by Jennifer Lin (“Ada’s Waltz”) and production photography by Matt Kamimura. Finger choreography by Roger Fojas.

WHAT IS ADA AND THE ENGINE?

As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge – a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

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WHAT WE DO WHEN WE’RE DARK

This weekly vlog highlights events and productions happening at the various StageCrafts properties, as well as share some of the fun things the owners do, both theatrical and mundane.

What do we mean by “dark”? Well, the TDF Theatre Dictionary tells us a playhouse (like studio/stage) is “lit” when there’s a show running in it—until the production shutters and the theatre is said to “go dark.” That’s almost never a good thing, at least as far as the building’s landlord is concerned. With luck, it won’t be long until a new show loads in and the theatre is lit again.

For the context of this vlog, “dark” means any time a performance or an event is not actually in progress on our stage, and our goal is to answer the burning question “what happens in The Room Where It Happens when there’s nothing happening?”

About

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Creative Multi-Hyphenate

An award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt, Greg graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003. Soon after, Greg migrated to Los Angeles seeking adventure in the entertainment industry. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

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