well-made and often affecting drama."
-The New York Times
direct and casual ... Hansen walks a devilishly delicate line."
- Cleveland Scene
by David Hansen
stage production directed by Thomas Cullinan
by Dennis Yurich
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.
honest, horrible, and even humorous trip through one father's
experience with stillbirth.
HATE THIS: The Radio Play
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.
HATE THIS opening theme (mp3)
EXCELLENCE AWARD: SOLO PERFORMANCE
- 2004 New York International Fringe Festival
TEN PLAY OF 2003 - The Plain Dealer
ACTOR, 2003 - Cleveland Scene
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.
HATE THIS WEBSITE.
Bring I HATE THIS to your theater, lecture hall or classroom.
Information on the artists who have created I HATE THIS.
The WCPN "Around Noon" radio adaptation of I HATE THIS.
Photos from various performances of I HATE THIS in a variety of venues.
The story behind the play, a chronological account of the events covered
in I HATE THIS.
A brief reference guide to medical terms and mellow 70s pop songs mentioned
in the play.
Music that inspired the writing of the play, and the composition of
the original score by Dennis Yurich.
Various coverage received for I HATE THIS.
Complete production history of the play.
David's ongoing weblog of his experiences related to this production.
Helpful links to grief support and other relevant websites.
Open Letter to the Fathers