"A well-made and often affecting drama."
-The New York Times

"Affably direct and casual ... Hansen walks a devilishly delicate line."
- Cleveland Scene


Written by David Hansen

Original stage production directed by Thomas Cullinan

Music by Dennis Yurich

Join David Hansen 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.

I HATE THIS: The Radio Play

"Around Noon"

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

- 2004 New York International Fringe Festival

TOP TEN PLAY OF 2003 - The Plain Dealer

BEST ACTOR, 2003 - Cleveland Scene

I HATE THIS opening theme (mp3)
Composed by Dennis Yurich

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. David plays over a dozen different characters, including friends and family members who cannot express their feelings, medical practitioners (both compassionate and not) as well as himself, learning to cope with his anger and helplessness in the midst of grief, as well as fashioning a new way of looking at life.


BOOKING Bring I HATE THIS to your theater, lecture hall or classroom.

COMPANY Information on the artists who have created I HATE THIS.

RADIO The WCPN "Around Noon" radio adaptation of I HATE THIS.

GALLERY Photos from various performances of I HATE THIS in a variety of venues.

TIMELINE The story behind the play, a chronological account of the events covered in I HATE THIS.

GLOSSARY A brief reference guide to medical terms and mellow 70s pop songs mentioned in the play.

PLAYLIST Music that inspired the writing of the play, and the composition of the original score by Dennis Yurich.

MEDIA Various coverage received for I HATE THIS.

HISTORY Complete production history of the play.

BLOG David's ongoing weblog of his experiences related to this production.

LINKS Helpful links to grief support and other relevant websites.

An Open Letter to the Fathers