I Hate This (a play without the baby)

David and his wife Toni learn at her 30 week check-up that their unborn child has died. Jumping back and forth between two timelines, David tells the story of the 36 hours between learning this truth and the birth of their first child, as well as the year that follows - detailing the frustration, recrimination, guilt, sorrow and ultimate acceptance of their son's death.
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I Hate This (a play without the baby)

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  • Donna Hoke:
    6 May. 2020
    People need this play to learn how to help parents who've lost infants, people those parents alone knew and loved. Kudos to David for sharing so much truth and pain in an effort to share awareness.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    30 Apr. 2020
    This is a very, very good play. Of the highest, most extraordinary standard. I'd like to recommend, now, a drama, sincerely as I can. Hansen forgoes a procedural account of tragedy, instead he structures a journey of mythic quality through grief and terror without sacrificing any elements of objectivity or subjectivity but, in fact, makes full use of both by linking specific moments in time by their sentiment or subtext, observing the various players and stages of a nightmare odyssey, revisiting them, even reimagining them, yes, dramatizing them, noting the excesses of fancy and reality. The fountain, the sparrow. Unforgettable.
  • Jean Koppen:
    18 Mar. 2020
    This is an absolutely lovely read and I imagine a beautiful play to see performed. It doesn't wallow in the heartache, but guides you lovingly through the sorrow of a man grieving his loss in a real, everyday way. There is pain, but you're not bogged down by it. You are welcomed into it. Wonderfully written and open to creative staging and powerful acting. Most of all, this play is pure, raw heart.

Character Information

  • David
    32,
    Any
    ,
    Male

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights
    ,
    2002

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Reinberger Auditorium, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2016
  • University
    ,
    Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Freerange Theatre, The Lowry, Manchester, UK
    ,
    2014
  • Professional
    ,
    Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2011
  • Professional
    ,
    Lurgan Town Hall, Lurgan, Northern Ireland
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    Plymouth Salvation Army Hall, Plymouth, UK
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    St. Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle, UK
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    Beargrass Christian Church, Louisville, KY
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    Corporate College, Warrensville Hts., OH
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    Terry O'Toole Theatre, Lincoln, UK
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    St. Vincent DePaul Church, London, UK
    ,
    2006
  • Professional
    ,
    15th National Perinatal Bereavement Conference, Chicago, IL
    ,
    2006
  • Professional
    ,
    International Student Centre, London, UK
    ,
    2006
  • Professional
    ,
    University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, OH
    ,
    2006
  • Professional
    ,
    Akron City Hospital, Akron, OH
    ,
    2005
  • Professional
    ,
    MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2005
  • Fringe
    ,
    The New York International Fringe Festival
    ,
    2004
  • Professional
    ,
    LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, Westlake, OH
    ,
    2004
  • Professional
    ,
    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2004
  • Workshop
    ,
    Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2003
  • Fringe
    ,
    Minnesota Fringe Festival
    ,
    2003
  • Professional
    ,
    Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2003

Awards

Overall Excellence Award - Solo Performance
,
The New York International Fringe Festival
,
2004
Top Ten Play of 2003
,
The Plain Dealer
,
2003