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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  • Asher Wyndham:
    3 Jun. 2018
    You'll feel the range of emotions of complex mourning that this man goes through. You may be a parent who has never experienced a loss like David's, you may never experience this because you don't want kids, but this is still a play for you - a play that will fill your heart - in the end it doesn't deflate it - because it's that acceptance of loss and the love - genuine, holy love - that comes with that is something we can relate to - and connects us to one another. Highly recommended for solo festivals.
  • J. Julian Christopher:
    18 Apr. 2018
    Wow. Beautiful in its simplicity and heart-breaking to read (and I'm sure even harder to watch). A powerful piece for a gifted actor. Gorgeous and raw writing.
  • Matthew Weaver:
    11 Apr. 2017
    Gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and well-told. Hansen shines a light on one of the worst experiences a family can endure, and lays it all on the line. He puts his feelings entirely on the stage, a pure act of intimacy. Very hard to read or watch, I imagine, but that's nothing compared to what it must have been to live and to write. A story that's important to tell, to show others they're not alone. A hug to Hansen, because the words don't exist to console. Raw, unflinching and real.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights
    ,
    2002

Production History

  • Professional
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    Reinberger Auditorium, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2016
  • University
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    Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Freerange Theatre, The Lowry, Manchester, UK
    ,
    2014
  • Professional
    ,
    Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2011
  • 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
    ,
    Lurgan Town Hall, Lurgan, Northern Ireland
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
    ,
    Plymouth Salvation Army Hall, Plymouth, UK
    ,
    2007
  • 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
    ,
    St. Vincent DePaul Church, London, UK
    ,
    2006
  • Professional
    ,
    Akron City Hospital, Akron, OH
    ,
    2005
  • Professional
    ,
    MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2005
  • Professional
    ,
    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2004
  • Fringe
    ,
    The New York International Fringe Festival
    ,
    2004
  • Professional
    ,
    LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, Westlake, OH
    ,
    2004
  • Fringe
    ,
    Minnesota Fringe Festival
    ,
    2003
  • Professional
    ,
    Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2003
  • Workshop
    ,
    Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH
    ,
    2003

Awards

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