Press & Awards

 
 
 

2015 Ohio State University-Newark 4th Annual New Play Festival
This Is The Times - Honorable Mention


2010 Polidori Award for Excellence in Vampire Entertainment

Best Vampire Stage Production of 2010
On the Dark Side of Twilight
Out of the Coffin Podcast


2010 Lantern Award Finalist
And Then You Die

The Lit: Cleveland’s Literary Center


2010 Creative Workforce Fellow

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture


2005 Ohio Society for Professional Journalists

The Naked Truth: Spencer Tunick in Cleveland

with Toni K. Thayer & Dave DeOreo

Best Human Interest Report


2004 New York International Fringe Festival
I Hate This

Excellence in Solo Performance


2003 The Plain Dealer

I Hate This

Top Ten Play of 2003

 

I HATE THIS (A PLAY WITHOUT THE BABY)
“Carrying on the grand tradition of Spalding Gray, he turns his pain into a well-made and often affecting drama ... Mr. Hansen, who laments that there is no term in the English language for the father of a dead child, believes that the best way to handle tragedy is to talk about it. And it is to his credit that he makes you want to listen.” 
- Jason Zinoman, The New York Times, 8/14/2004

AND THEN YOU DIE (HOW I RAN A MARATHON IN 26.2 YEARS)

“David Hansen’s autobiographical one-man show, about his lifelong obsession with long-distance running, is a simple and tragic yet reaffirming tale, told earnestly and with minimal poetics ... At one point, his daughter asks Hansen if he’s going to ‘win the marathon.’ No matter what happened in the race, kid, trust me: Your dad’s a winner.”

  1. -Michael Freidson, editor-in-chief, Time Out New York, 8/2009


DOUBLE HEART (THE COURTSHIP OF BEATRICE AND BENEDICK)

“The show’s best moments—Beatrice’s optimistic soliloquy about maternal cats, the young lovers’ sweetly careful waltz atop a bench, what may be the world’s first ‘Should we get an abortion?’ scene in iambic pentameter—combine the painful naïveté of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant with beautiful turns of language and a touch of weirdness.”

- Silvija Ozols, Time Out New York, 8/2013


ON THE DARK SIDE OF TWILIGHT

“A new romp of a play ... Hansen -- who, in addition to being a pretty good playwright and actor, is also something of a Nosferatu-phile -- traces a vampire's journey through the decades by linking and lovingly lampooning the stories of Polidori, Stoker, Rice and Meyer.  The result, far from being a typically "educational" night in the theater, is hysterical, campy fun.”
- Tony Brown, The Plain Dealer, 2/19/2010


THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES
This charming, funny and smart play is a quick-paced gem, and a thrill for any detective aficionado. It’s amazing the play wasn’t adapted for the stage sooner, as the results are a grand night of theater.
- Marjorie Preston, Sun Press, 2/23/2012


THE VAMPYRES

“The concept of the vampire has become something of a cliché in contemporary pop goth culture ... David Hansen’s ‘The Vampyres’ starts with those clichés, often using them for comic relief while digging beneath them to get at something much deeper about the allure of the vampire concept and its connections with (and conflating of) sex and death.”

- Anastasia Pantsios, The Free Times, 10/12/2005

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