A Computer That Loves: And Why Not To Build One is a original universe-spanning sci-fi rock opera epic with a big (and heavy) heart.

Pitched by Gabe Shatkin, Written by Nic Cole, Jamie Ginsberg and Gabe Shatkin
Composed by Gabe Shatkin

Created in 1964 and living until the end of time itself, Charlie the Robot contemplates his existence at the end of the universe and decides that he would rather not have been built in the first place. He sends a record back in time to the 1960's to convince his lost love and creator, Suzy Baker, not to build him, but that turns out to be the very thing that inspired his design. Through love, heartbreak, and assimilating the planet Charlie desperately tries to be human but just can't seem to figure it out.

A Computer That Loves is a hilarious, heartwarming and mind-bending musical epic about love that spans beyond time itself. An electronic rock and roll score anchors the production with songs ranging from arena rock ballads to futuristic beatscapes to hilarious dystopian corporate jingles. Innovative sets, lighting, projections and audio design will envelop our audiences as they get assimilated into this emotional story that also has tons of laughs in the vein of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.

Show opens May 17th, 2024 to June 1st 2024 at Zion Church located in downtown Baltimore at 400 E Lexington Street. 


A Computer that Loves is proudly sponsored by: Gutierrez Studios, LCR Jazzy Events, The Dalto Family, Baltimore Fiscal Partners, Road Thrill Bike Shop, Ace Hardware, and Work Printing

Thank you to our grant funders and partners, they include: The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, The John J. Leidy Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund, T Rowe Price Foundation, Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA), Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) Program, and The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC.Org).

We also wish to thank our Volunteers, Donors, Supporting Members and Sponsors. BROS cannot do it without you!


Is the venue handicap-accessible?

It is! There are ramps to get into the back of the building, with an elevator to get you up to the second floor. Please email boxoffice@baltimorerockopera.org to make rearrangements! 

When should I arrive?

The lobby is open an hour before the show and we encourage you to come early, have a drink, and get to know the space. The house opens half and hour before showtime. We recommend arriving no later than a half hour before showtime in order to find parking and get to your seats.

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds are available until 7 days before the show curtain time. Email boxoffice@baltimorerockopera.org for your refund. Under 7 days before the event, no refunds are available but you can still transfer your ticket to any show that still has tickets available. Remember BROS is a 501C3 nonprofit, so your ticket donation is greatly appreciated!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! Just show us your confirmation email or give us your name when you arrive. Save a tree!

Can I transfer my ticket to a different night?

You bet! Just email boxoffice@baltimorerockopera.org and if your ticket type is still for sale on that night we will transfer you post-haste!

Where do I park?

There is street parking around the venue, but your best bet is one of the nearby garages:

Baltimore Street garage at 15 Guildford, Baltimore, MD 21201

The closest bus stop is at Guildford and Saratoga and is served by the 54 and the CityLink Red.

Can I bring my own booze?

NOPE, but you best believe BROS will be selling delicious alcoholic beverages for attendees over 21, including beer and craft cocktails – as well as sodas, water, and popcorn! Support BROS by buying our stuff!

What about kids?

A Computer that Loves is considered PG-13 and not appropriate for small children.

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