David Hansen

David Hansen

David Hansen 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, Dobama Theatre, Beck Center and Karamu House. His produced plays include The Great Globe Itself, Rosalynde & The Falcon, Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and...
David Hansen 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, Dobama Theatre, Beck Center and Karamu House. His produced plays include The Great Globe Itself, Rosalynde & The Falcon, Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick), On the Dark Side of Twilight, 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 Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit and the Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in Cleveland Heights, the City of Great Writers.

Plays

  • 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. “He makes you want to listen.” -...
    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. “He makes you want to listen.” - The New York Times “Sincere and powerful.” - The Skinny (UK) “Deeply moving.” - The Cleveland Plain Dealer “Poignant and achingly funny.” - Angle Magazine (Cleveland) “Powerful, sad and enjoyable.” - nytheatre.com
  • Rosalynde and the Falcon
    Rosalynde's evil uncle, the King, forces her to run away from a throne that should be hers, and she meets a wily, wacky trio of thieves in the forest, who offer to help her. Her best friend, the Prince, accidentally gives her hiding place away, and she must go into clever disguise, with an unexpected outcome! Tangling Robin Hood, Snow White, and Shakespeare together with hilarious results, this tale tells...
    Rosalynde's evil uncle, the King, forces her to run away from a throne that should be hers, and she meets a wily, wacky trio of thieves in the forest, who offer to help her. Her best friend, the Prince, accidentally gives her hiding place away, and she must go into clever disguise, with an unexpected outcome! Tangling Robin Hood, Snow White, and Shakespeare together with hilarious results, this tale tells the story of bumbling banditry, mixed-up secret identities, and unexpected friendship. But will they all live happily ever after? “One hilarious romp from start to finish, thanks to a charming and whip-smart script by local playwright David Hansen.” - Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene
  • Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick)
    Double Heart imagines two of William Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, the quick-witted lovers Beatrice and Benedick, as they may have first met as impetuous, young teenagers. A brash young soldier (Benedick) meets a young lady with an independent streak (Beatrice), and they quickly learn to see each other as equals among fools. Their relationship deepens until world events and war intrude and hearts get...
    Double Heart imagines two of William Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, the quick-witted lovers Beatrice and Benedick, as they may have first met as impetuous, young teenagers. A brash young soldier (Benedick) meets a young lady with an independent streak (Beatrice), and they quickly learn to see each other as equals among fools. Their relationship deepens until world events and war intrude and hearts get broken. Written entirely in verse, this Shakespearean “prequel” features dancing and swordfighting, and walks the line between romance and comedy. “Beautiful turns of language and a touch of weirdness.” -Time Out New York "Brilliantly written in Iambic Pentameter ... It would make a great family friendly matinee for any company producing Much Ado in the evening.” - NYC Then and Now "You don’t have to know a thing about Much Ado to get a major buzz from Double Heart ... The language is funny and at times quite elegant and wise about issues of the heart." - Rave and Pan (Cleveland, OH)
  • The Way I Danced With You
    On a spring evening in 1986, two young friends, Dani and Charles, meet after a long absence. On the edge of adulthood, Dani now finds something very attractive in Charles, who has long had a crush on her. They exchange intimate stories, and a romantic relationship begins. That fall, two college freshman conclude a movie date by returning to his dorm room. Though they appear to be Dani and Charles,...
    On a spring evening in 1986, two young friends, Dani and Charles, meet after a long absence. On the edge of adulthood, Dani now finds something very attractive in Charles, who has long had a crush on her. They exchange intimate stories, and a romantic relationship begins. That fall, two college freshman conclude a movie date by returning to his dorm room. Though they appear to be Dani and Charles, conversation suggests this is a first date and that the two have only just met. Their exchanges are probing and personally revealing. It is only when they begin making love that it is clear they are the same couple, and that this has been a dangerous game. Ten years later, Charles returns to a high school Dani once attended, and asks the high school Librarian for an old yearbook. The Librarian warily assists his search. Through a tense confrontation a decade-long mystery is solved and the true nature of Charles and Dani’s relationship is laid bare.
  • This Is The Times
    A fictional play-within-a-sketch-improv-show, 1954. Director Barney Silver has returned to Cleveland from Chicago after the devastating break-up of a foundling theater company called “The Compass.” He enlists the assistance of three young actors – Julia, Danny, and Desmond Browne to experiment with a new form of improvisational theater. Their efforts at creating a “workers’ theater” of unscripted...
    A fictional play-within-a-sketch-improv-show, 1954. Director Barney Silver has returned to Cleveland from Chicago after the devastating break-up of a foundling theater company called “The Compass.” He enlists the assistance of three young actors – Julia, Danny, and Desmond Browne to experiment with a new form of improvisational theater. Their efforts at creating a “workers’ theater” of unscripted enactments of recent events do not come to fruition, however, as they discover that audiences are more amused by improv than moved by it. Frustrated at their lack of dedication to progressive ideals, Barney finds is outnumbered and resigns himself to their creation. Danny and Julia’s relationship falters even as their comedy stylings attract national attention. Desmond, confined to supporting roles due to his race, finally steps up during a NYC try-out and creates one of the few deep pieces “The Times” has ever created. The other shoe drops after Danny and Julia quit the company and their fame attracts the attention of the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Danny flees to Europe, Julia and Desmond are grilled about their subversive subject matter, their personal relationships, and the influence of their mentor, Barney Silver AKA Bernard Schrader. For his part, Barney/Bernard entirely capitulates and names names before the committee.
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles
    Summer, 1917. Essex, England. Back from the war, Captain Arthur Hastings convalesces at Styles Court. But when the lady of the house suspiciously dies, the tranquil manor turns treacherous. The cause is murder and the killer could be anyone: her unappealing new husband, her ne'er-do-well son, the blunt female groundskeeper, even the local toxicologist. Enter Hercule Poirot, Belgian refugee and detective...
    Summer, 1917. Essex, England. Back from the war, Captain Arthur Hastings convalesces at Styles Court. But when the lady of the house suspiciously dies, the tranquil manor turns treacherous. The cause is murder and the killer could be anyone: her unappealing new husband, her ne'er-do-well son, the blunt female groundskeeper, even the local toxicologist. Enter Hercule Poirot, Belgian refugee and detective extraordinaire, who applies his famous brain to the seemingly unsolvable mystery. A cunning stage adaptation of the novel that launched Agatha Christie's career. "Charming, funny and smart...a quick-paced gem, and a thrill for any detective aficionado." - Marjorie Preston, Sun News (Cleveland)