*World Premiere* of ‘THE WAY I DANCED WITH YOU’
March 21-April 7 , 2019. | PlaygroundTheatre

As high school lovers, Dani and Charles' courtship dances around the truth. As they move into adulthood, the steps become ever more intricate and emotionally dangerous. Over the span of ten years, "The Way I Danced With You" traces the mysterious choreography of romance and illusion.
By David Hansen. Directed by Tyler Whidden
@7:30. Fridays @8pm. Saturdays @2pm. Sundays @7pm.

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Cody Kilpatrick Steel (Charles) is thankful to Tyler and Ensemble for bringing him back around a second time this season after working on Alabama Story this past Fall. Cody is a local actor who’s worked at theatres across northeast Ohio and in films around the country. In 2016 Cody was awarded Best Actor at the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival for his performance in Sincerely, Me, available on Amazon Prime. Cody’s next film, Viscera, premieres this September on the East Coast. Cody thanks you all for supporting live theatre and keeping art alive in our community. @ActorCKSteele


Sarah Blubaugh (Dani) is so grateful to be back Ensemble having recently played the role of Eva in  East of Eden! A recent graduate from Cleveland State University, Sarah has been seen in performances on Playhouse Square, with roles including Kate Monster in Avenue Q, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Amy in Company. She has also been seen on stage at Blank Canvas Theatre as Jill in Equus and Dani in the workshop production of The Way I Danced With You. She would like to thank you for coming to support live, local theatre and hopes you enjoy the show.


Tyler Whidden (Director) has been working with Ensemble since 2009 including as an actor (Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Waiting for Lefty, The Iceman Cometh), a playwright (Dancing With N.E.D., Run Kingsbury Run, Occupation: Dad) and as the head of the StageWrights writing workshop. Born in Cleveland, Tyler has lived and traveled all over the country as a stand-up comedian and earned an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University. His collection of short plays, F*ck It, is available on Amazon and questionable bookstores nearby. He directed Alabama Story earlier this season and is excited to direct the premiere of David Hansen's The Way I Danced With You as part of the 2019 Colombi New Plays Festival. Tyler lives in Lakewood with his incredible wife Angie and their two kids Booker and Claribel. 


Gabrielle De Felice (Stage Manager) is from Strongsville OH, and is thrilled to make her first debut at Ensemble Theatre. She played Sarah Siddons in The Actor’s Nightmare, Hannah Galt in The Art of Dining, Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Nell in Endgame at Tri-C Western Campus. Gabrielle was also Assistant Director and Costume Designer for Andy&Me, Stage Manager and Costume Designer for Electric Dread, and Assistant Stage Manager for The Colored Museum at Tri-C West. She currently Stage Manages for Hathaway Brown’s summer theatre program. Gabrielle thanks her family Tbird, Rob, Jackie, Eric, Morgan, Matt, James, Beth, and KB for always being such supportive inspirations in her theatre journey. She thanks the love of her life Jordan for his encouragements in all her passions. And finally, a big thank you to her outstanding cast and crew for all their hard work and shared love for this theatre. Enjoy the show!


David Hansen (Playwright) has participated in Cleveland’s theater renaissance as the founder and artistic director of Guerrilla Theater Company and Dobama’s Night Kitchen, as well as an actor and director at Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Beck Center and Karamu House. His produced plays include About a Ghoul, Red Onion White Garlic, Rosalynde & The Falcon, The Vampyres and On the Dark Side of Twilight. Published works include Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick) and adaptations of Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Secret Adversary. Solo performances include And Then You Die (How I Ran a Marathon in 26.2 Years) and his award-winning work on stillbirth, I Hate This (a play without the baby). David is Education Outreach Associate for Great Lakes Theater and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in Cleveland Heights, the City of Great Writers. http://davidhansen.org