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 Red Onion/White Garlic, 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 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 Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit and the Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in Cleveland Heights, the City of Great Writers.

Plays

  • 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.
  • 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 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. This is the first draft of a script in development.
  • 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
    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.”
  • 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.
  • 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
    Dani and Charles are high school lovers. When the move to adulthood proves challenging, they play a dangerous game which leads one to disappear without a trace. How much of romance is illusion? How much needs to be?
  • Winsor McCay's Slumberland (five-minute play)
    A boy with an unhappy tummy dreams of a strange land peopled with wonderful creatures.