I Hate This
(a play without the baby)

Join David for I Hate This, a solo performance that takes you from the moment his son was born and through the year that follows ... but not in that order.

An honest, horrible, and even humorous trip through one father's experience with stillbirth.



First Performance:

February 28, 2003

Cleveland Public Theatre

Genre: Solo Performance

Running Time:
 60 min.


Overall Excellence Award:

Solo Performance

2004 New York International Fringe Festival

Top Ten Play of 2003

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Best Actor, 2003

Cleveland Scene

Produced at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival

Produced at the 2003 Minnesota Fringe Festival

“He makes you want to listen.” - The New York Times

“Sincere and powerful.” - The Skinny

“Deeply moving.” - The Plain Dealer

“Poignant and achingly funny.”
- Angle Magazine

“Powerful, sad and enjoyable.” - nytheatre.com


WVIZ ideastream presents "Applause" March 16, 2006 featuring David Hansen's award-winning solo performance "I Hate This (a play without the baby)" Includes interview with Dee Perry and a scene from the play.

Watch the second part of the interview.

WCPN Radio Adaptation: November 25, 2005

Featuring Nina Domingue, Magdalyn Donnelly, Alison Garrigan, Sadie Grossman, Betsy Hogg, Nick Koesters, Dee Perry, Brian Pedaci, Scott Plate, Dorothy and Reuben Silver and Thomas Weaver.

“Carrying on the grand tradition of Spalding Gray, he turns his pain into a well-made and often affecting drama.”

- The New York Times

contact: pengo (at) davidhansen (dot) org

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