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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  • 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.
  • John Busser:
    16 Sep. 2019
    Beautiful in it's reading, I can't imagine how powerful it would be to see it performed. I was frustrated at the inevitable outcome, knowing it wouldn't change, but hoping somehow that it would before the last page. Although I've never experienced anything like the tragedy David and Toni did, it resonated with me personally. A true insight into how we cope with loss. Highly recommended!
  • Steven G. Martin:
    6 Apr. 2019
    Applaud Hansen (rightfully so) for the structure, the dialogue, and the theatricality of "I Hate This (A Play Without the Baby)", but it's the range of emotions that leave the lasting impact.

    We watch David, the character, struggle to navigate and re-orient himself as he understands there are no rules -- range of emotions, people's responses, length of time -- to grieving. It's a humane play.

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
    ,
    University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, OH
    ,
    2006
  • 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
    ,
    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