David Hansen

David Hansen

David Hansen has participated in Cleveland’s theater renaissance as the founder and artistic director of Guerrilla Theater Company, Dobama’s Night Kitchen and Bad Epitaph Theater Company, 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 Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street, The Way I Danced With...
David Hansen has participated in Cleveland’s theater renaissance as the founder and artistic director of Guerrilla Theater Company, Dobama’s Night Kitchen and Bad Epitaph Theater Company, 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 Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street, The Way I Danced With You, About a Ghoul, Red Onion/White Garlic, 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 Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in Cleveland Heights, the City of Great Writers.

Plays

  • About a Ghoul
    Aleah is shamed and banished for an act she did not commit and journeys to the mysterious land of ghouls, where things are not always as they appear. A thrilling tale of comradeship and responsibility, Aleah makes a friend and takes on a new identity, and by her wits and cunning restores her own good name. With translations by Abdeghani Kitab.
  • Adventures In Slumberland
    On the night before Christmas in 1905, a sleeping boy's head is full of magic as he strives to keep a play-date with his friend the Princess of Slumberland, and on the way help Santa, and maybe make the world a better place! Based on the characters of Winsor McCay.
  • The Children Who Played at Slaughter
    Young people gather and play childish games. Inspired by a Grimm's Fairy Tale. This is not a play for children.
  • 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.
  • The Great Globe Itself
    Dreams become reality when one man's magical experience, while performing on a replica stage of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre during Cleveland’s 1936 Great Lakes Exposition, inspires him to rebuild the original playhouse on the River Thames. From London to the shores of Lake Erie and back again, what's past is truly prologue in an inspiring tale of three Globe Theatres that are forever united by history.
  • 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.
  • Lombardo
    New York City, 1956. Band leader Guy Lombardo struggles with the decision as whether or not to bring his successful New Year’s Eve broadcast from radio to television. Will he do it? Of course he does! Those and many other obvious questions are answered in this 10-minute biographic stage play which is just like all those other biographic stage plays.
  • The Management Associate and His Spouse
    A management associate asks too much.
  • 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.
  • The Negative Zone
    The comings and goings of a comic book store in the mid 1980s.
  • No Cure For Cancer
    An inquisitive young man and a troubled mother meet in a medical library. Diagnoses are made, and a cure is sought.
  • On the Beam
    How was Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" received when first produced in Cleveland in 1954? This brief play was commissioned by the Cleveland Play House and presented as part of an evening of original works entitled “The Centennial Plays” celebrating CPH’s 100th Season.
  • On the Dark Side of Twilight (Evolution of the Vampire)
    Born a young Englishman of wealth, the feckless Porlock takes a tour of the Continent when he is set upon by a vampire – and subsequently becomes one himself – in what is modern-day Turkey. Assuming the identity of a Romanian nobleman, he re-enters British society and means to feed off the “teeming millions” but is exposed to sunlight and thought destroyed. Surviving and relocating in America, he enlists the...
    Born a young Englishman of wealth, the feckless Porlock takes a tour of the Continent when he is set upon by a vampire – and subsequently becomes one himself – in what is modern-day Turkey. Assuming the identity of a Romanian nobleman, he re-enters British society and means to feed off the “teeming millions” but is exposed to sunlight and thought destroyed. Surviving and relocating in America, he enlists the aid from a young man named Eddie and then makes him a fledgling vampire. When they part ways and Eddie tries to make a new life in Alaska, Porlock finds him there and earns the proper death that has eluded him for so long.

    Each of the four story arcs is an homage to a pivotal moment in the history of classic vampire literature, and reflect not only the style of writing for the period, but also the uses vampires have had as a metaphor for society's perceived ills and enemies.
  • One Job Thou Hadst: Giovanni (Monologue)
    A young friar fails to deliver a letter that was not nice but full of charge, which were details he could have used earlier.
  • One Job Thou Hadst: Messenger (Monologue)
    The Thane of Fife had a wife, where is she now? Ask a young messenger who had one job.
  • Red Onion, White Garlic
    Two sisters, born years apart -- the daughters of want, and of plenty, travel through the trials, tribulations, and happy stories of their homeland, learning to compromise, understand and rejoice in each other, and eventually, to team together to succeed in their adventures. This beautiful tale tells the story of sisters learning to get along, and to find their own self-worth as they grow.
  • 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?
  • The Schoolboy
    A school master and his student lock metaphoric horns in a battle for dignity and control.
  • Screen Play
    A relationship is disrupted when a random Google search leads one partner to reveal a disturbing moment from his past.
  • The Secret Adversary
    Who is the “secret adversary”? For her second novel, Agatha Christie created the youthful, jazz-era characters Thomas Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley. Down on their luck, Tommy and Tuppence decide to become adventurers for hire and swiftly find themselves in an international plot to bring down the British government. Time is not on their side as they work to uncover the mysterious “Mister Brown.”
  • Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street
    Join the world’s greatest detective as he utilizes his remarkable skills of observation and deduction to confront his most sensational mystery – but who is the Bully of Baker Street? An intrepid band of actors will use humor, logic, and song to perform this original tale (adapted from the works of Arthur Conan Doyle) and provide important lessons in problem solving and empathy.
  • These Are The Times
    Fact and fiction overlap in this theatrical panorama of Cleveland’s heyday. Bernard Schrader discovers a life in the theater during the Cleveland Centennial, 1936, but decisions made then bring down a fledgling improv comedy troupe during the 1950s Red Scare.

    “These Are The Times” is two one-act plays which are performed in two different theatrical styles, but tell a single story over the course of many years.
  • Tiresias Riddles the Fates
    Your future foretold as a prophet & 3 weird sisters untangle life’s most ancient puzzles.
  • The Vampyres
    A young medical student with a theatrical past wanders into a vampire-themed coffee shop where he encounters an old flame, a charming teen-age barista and two musicians who may or may not be real vampires.
  • The Way I Danced With You (The George Michael Play)
    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.
  • What Happened (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. (Original title: "I Hate This (a play without the baby")
  • Winsor McCay's Slumberland (five-minute play)
    A boy with an unhappy tummy dreams of a strange land peopled with wonderful creatures.
  • The Witches
    When a nationally branded social media influencer visits the Bradbury Witch Dungeon Museum (the 23rd most popular witch-themed attraction in Massachusetts) old ghosts haunt anew, and a trio of women band together to divine where the bones are truly buried.
  • Advent (short play)
    A short play about Christmas.
  • Advertisement (short play)
    A short play about advertising.
  • Africa (short play)
    A short play inspired by "Africa."
  • Alarm (short play)
    A short play about a dream.
  • Alone (short play)
    A short play about solipsism.
  • Angel (short play)
    A short play about an angel.
  • Ants (short play)
    A short play about ants.
  • Apology (short play)
    A short play about an apology.
  • Art (short play)
    A short play about art.
  • Artist (short play)
    A short play about an artist.
  • At Last (short play)
    A short play about desire.
  • Attic (short play)
    A short play that takes place in an attic above a garage.
  • Awkward (short play)
    A short, awkward play.
  • Bakery (short play)
    A short play about one kick ass bakery.
  • Balloon (short play)
    A short play about a balloon.
  • Bar (short play)
    A short play inspired by "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère."
  • Base Camp (short play)
    A short play about turning twenty-one.
  • Beat (short play)
    A short play about the beat.
  • Bed (short play)
    A short play that takes place in a bed.
  • Betrayal (short play)
    A short play about betrayal.
  • Birth-Day (short play)
    A short play about anniversaries.
  • Bleachers (short play)
    A short play that takes place under the bleachers.
  • Bodhisattva (short play)
    A short play about acceptance.
  • Book (short play)
    A short play about a book.
  • Busking (short play)
    A short play about a living statue.
  • Butthole (short play)
    A short play about a game.
  • Cactus (short play)
    A monologue about a cactus.
  • Café (short play)
    A short play in a café.
  • Call (short play)
    A short play about a phone call.
  • Cancer (short play)
    A short play about cancer.
  • Cards (short play)
    A short play about flipping cards.
  • Cats (short play)
    A short play about cats.
  • Cleveland (short play)
    A short play about Cleveland.
  • Clichés (short play)
    A short play about clichés.
  • Coffee (short play)
    A short play about coffee.
  • Comb Over (short play)
    A short play about the comb over.
  • Comedy (short play)
    A short play about comedy.
  • Comics (short play)
    A short play about comic books.
  • Commitment (short play)
    A short play about commitment.
  • Communication (short play)
    A short play about communication.
  • Confidence (short play)
    A short play about self-confidence.
  • Conflict (short play)
    A short play about conflict.
  • Congress (short play)
    A short play about Congress.
  • Connection (short play)
    A short play about human connection.
  • Consent (short play)
    A short play about consent.
  • Cooking (short play)
    A short play about cooking.
  • Crawlspace (short play)
    A short play about a monster in the crawlspace.
  • Creation (short play)
    A short play about abandonment.
  • Crisis (short play)
    A short play about a crisis.
  • Critique (short play)
    A short play about receiving a critique.
  • Crying (short play)
    A short play about crying.
  • Dad (short play)
    A monologue about talking to Dad.
  • Dancing (short play)
    A short play about dancing.
  • The Deck (short play)
    A short play about a deck.
  • Design (short play)
    A short play about graphic design.
  • Diamond (short play)
    A short play about jewelry.
  • Distance (short play)
    A short playing about keeping your distance.
  • Doughnuts (short play)
    A short play about a possible burgeoning office romance.
  • Dragons (short play)
    A short play about dragons.
  • Drama (short play)
    A short play about drama.
  • Driver's Seat (short play)
    A short play about becoming a driver.
  • Elven Council (short play)
    A short play about the Elven Council.
  • Falling (short play)
    A short play about falling.
  • Fan Mail (short play)
    A short play about fan mail.
  • Fashion (short play)
    A short play about fashion.
  • Feelings (short play)
    A short play about feelings.
  • Fever (short play)
    A short play about caring for someone with a fever.
  • First Kiss (short play)
    A short play about a first kiss.
  • Fish (short play)
    A short play about fish.
  • Flood (short play)
    A short play about an information breach.
  • Flying (short play)
    A short play about flying.
  • Fog (short play)
    A short play about making your way through the fog.
  • Fonts (short play)
    A short play about fonts.
  • Formula (short play)
    A short play about baby formula.
  • Fortune (short play)
    A short play for kids about fortune.
  • Fragile (short play)
    A short play about the environment.
  • Friends (short play)
    A short play about friends.
  • Future (short play)
    A short play about making out in a car.
  • Garden (short play)
    A short play about a garden.
  • Gentrification (short play)
    A short play about gentrification.
  • Glass (short play)
    A short play about glass.
  • Grand Canyon (short play)
    A short play about the Grand Canyon.
  • Groceries (short play)
    A short play about shopping for groceries.
  • Guidance (short play)
    A short play about a self-reflective essay.
  • Hands (short play)
    A short play about holding hands.
  • Head Phone (short play)
    A short play about technology.
  • Heat (short play)
    A short play about heat.
  • Here (short play)
    A short play about arriving.
  • Hero (short play)
    A short play about a hero.
  • High (short play)
    A short play about being high.
  • Hotel (short play)
    A short play about child molestation.
  • House (short play)
    A short play about a house.
  • Humor (short play)
    A short play about humor.
  • Inheritance (short play)
    A short play about gifts we receive.
  • Insult (short play)
    A short play about an insult.
  • Intermission (short play)
    A short play that takes place during intermission.
  • Interrogation (short play)
    A short play about an interrogation.
  • Jury Duty (short play)
    A short play about jury duty.
  • Karma (short play)
    A monologue about karma.
  • La Mer (short play)
    A short play about the sea.
  • Ladder (short play)
    A short play that takes place on a ladder.
  • Life (short play)
    A short play about the creation of life.
  • Li'l Folks (short play)
    A short play about existentialist children.
  • Lip Balm (short play)
    A short play about chapped lips.
  • Look (short play)
    A short play about a glance.
  • Magic (short play)
    A short play about magic.
  • Mail (short play)
    A short play about either having or being a high school junior.
  • Manners (short play)
    A short play on the importance of manners.
  • Marathon (short play)
    A short play about a marathon.
  • Mattress (short play)
    A short play about buying a mattress.
  • Meditation (short play)
    A short play about meditation.
  • Memory (short play)
    A short play about memory.
  • Mirror (short play)
    A short play about mirrors.
  • Missing (short play)
    A short play about those we miss.
  • Mistake (short play)
    A short play about a mistake.
  • Mites (short play)
    A short play about mites.
  • Model (short play)
    A short play about modeling.
  • Monument (short play)
    A short play about a monument to memory.
  • Moon (short play)
    A short play about the sun and moon.
  • Multitask (short play)
    A short play about multitasking.
  • Museum (short play)
    A short play that takes place in a museum.
  • Neighbor (short play)
    A short play about caring.
  • New Clothes (short play)
    A short play inspired by the folk tale "The Emperor's New Clothes."
  • Northern Lights (short play)
    A short play about unconditional love.
  • Now (short play)
    A short play about the importance of now.
  • Open (short play)
    A short play about an open relationship.
  • Outbreak (short play)
    A short play about reacting to an outbreak.
  • Packing (short play)
    A short play about packing for a trip.
  • Peace (short play)
    A short play about peace.
  • Pistol (short play)
    A short play about a teller's pistol.
  • Plans (short play)
    A short play about having plans.
  • Play (short play)
    A short play about the game "Assassination."
  • Playwright (short play)
    A short play about a playwright.
  • Poet (short play)
    A short play consisting of doggerel.
  • Poetry (short play)
    A short play about writing poetry.
  • Prayer (short play)
    A short play about prayer.
  • Prejudice (short play)
    A short play about prejudice.
  • Prom (short play)
    A short play about the 2020 Prom.
  • Promise (short play)
    A short play about a promise.
  • Quarantine (short play)
    A short play about the distancing.
  • Rainbow (short play)
    A short play about the rainbow.
  • Recording (short play)
    A short play about making a recording.
  • Regret (short play)
    A short play about regret.
  • Relax (short play)
    A short play about someone who cannot relax.
  • Restaurant (short play)
    A short play that takes place in a restaurant.
  • Reunion (short play)
    A short play about a women's rights organization reunion.
  • Risk (short play)
    A short play about the stock market.
  • Rivendell (short play)
    A short play about the hippie days.
  • Rooftop (short play)
    A short play that takes place on a rooftop.
  • Roommates (short play)
    A short play about waking up next to your roommate.
  • Running (short play)
    A short play about running.
  • Rush (short play)
    A short play about amyl nitrite.
  • Saint (short play)
    A short play about a saint.
  • Scandal (short play)
    A short play about a scandal.
  • Seasons (short play)
    A short play about the seasons.
  • Secrets (short play)
    A short play about secrets.
  • Seeking (short play)
    A short play about seeking.
  • Seniors (short play)
    A short play with two Gen X senior citizens.
  • Shadow (short play)
    A short play about the workplace.
  • Sharing (short play)
    A short play about sharing.
  • Shower (short play)
    A short play about taking a shower.
  • Sick (short play)
    A short play about complaining.
  • Signs (short play)
    A short play about electronic highway signs.
  • Sketch (short play)
    A short play about an illustrator.
  • Smiling (short play)
    A short play about smiling.
  • Spice (short play)
    A short play about Christmas ale.
  • Sports (short play)
    A short play about sports.
  • Steps (short play)
    A short play about sex in the workplace.
  • Stray (short play)
    A monologue about a stray.
  • Success (short play)
    A short play about failure.
  • Sugar (short play)
    A short play about sugar.
  • Talk Show (short play)
    A short play about Hell.
  • Teamwork (short play)
    A short play about teamwork.
  • Thank You (short play)
    A short play about gratitude.
  • Train (short play)
    A short play about the train.
  • Trivia (short play)
    A short play about trivia.
  • Troll (short play)
    A short play about a troll.
  • T-shirt (short play)
    A short play about a concert T-shirt.
  • Unicorn (short play)
    A short play about George Thorogood.
  • Unum (short play)
    A short play about America.
  • Verses (short play)
    A short play about audience members at the Globe Theatre.
  • Visitation (short play)
    A short play about a visitation.
  • War (short play)
    A short play about war.
  • Welcome (short play)
    A short play about a rocket ship.
  • Whispers (short play)
    A short play about a whisper.
  • Wings (short play)
    A short play about a high school musical moment.
  • Winner (short play)
    A short play about a winner.
  • Witness (short play)
    A short play about Congress.
  • Wonder (short play)
    A short play about religion.
  • Worlds (short play)
    An intimate short play about worlds.
  • Writer (short play)
    A short play about a writer.