I Hate it Here: Stories from the End of the Old World

12/10/20 - 03/07/21


An anthem for our time,  I Hate it Here  looks at the ways people do (and don’t)  deal with a world on the brink of explosion. Commissioned by Studio to create an audio work, award-winning Chicago writer Ike Holter brings his sharp humor to the complexities of stepping into a new decade with the odds already stacked against your favor.  

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Runtime: 80 minutes

Part of Studio In Your Ears. Intimate and immediate, Studio's audio plays bring the thrill of great writing and great acting directly to theatregoers' headphones. Available now.

Thank you to Board Chair Amy Weinberg
and her husband Norbert Hornstein
for generously underwriting the audioplay series,
Studio In Your Ears.

The Artists


Production Team


Mikhail Fiksel

Mikhail Fiksel is a designer, composer, musician, and DJ based in Chicago and Brooklyn. He previously designed and composed for Studio Theatre’s production of The Wolves and served as sound designer for Studio’s earlier In Your Ears production of Kings. His other theatrical credits include productions with The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Writers Theatre, The Geffen, The Old Globe, Playwrights Horizons, The Civilians, Pigpen Theatre Co., La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theatre Group, Albany Park Theatre Project, and Third Rail Projects. Mikhail’s audio work includes multiple audio plays and podcasts with Make-Believe Association, where he is Head of Audio Production, as well as projects with Audible Originals, WBEZ, and All Classical Portland. He is a member of USA and the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

(As of October 2020)


Gabriel Ruiz

Gabriel Ruiz's New York credits include Blood and Gifts at Lincoln Center Theater. Chicago credits include You Got OlderThe RembrandtThe Way WestHow Long Will I Cry?, and The Motherf**ker with the Hat at Steppenwolf Theatre; Next to Normal, Company, and Arcadia at Writers Theatre; The Wolf at the End of the Block and White Tie Ball at Teatro Vista; The Upstairs Concierge at the Goodman Theatre; Cry it Out and Mansfield Park at Northlight Theatre; Photograph 51, Agamemnon, and Man in the Ring at Court Theatre; Native Gardens at Victory Gardens Theater; Singin' in the Rain and City of Angels at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire; Creditors with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company; Working at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place; Richard III and Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; and Arabian Nights at Lookingglass Theatre Company. Gabriel’s regional credits include Native Gardens at Cincinnati Playhouse, Harvey at Milwaukee Rep, and Why Torture Is Wrong... at Forward Theater Company. His television and film credits include Chicago P.D.Chicago Fire, and Chicago Justice on NBC, APB on Fox, Electric Dreams for Channel 4, and Boss on Starz.

(As of November 2020)


Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel is the Literary Director at Studio, where she has dramaturged the world premieres of Queen of Basel, The Remains, No Sisters, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, Animal, Red Speedo, Dirt, Lungs, and The History of Kisses as well as productions of Cry It Out, Translations, Curve of Departure, The Effect, Wig Out!, Straight White Men, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Constellations, Jumpers for Goalposts, Bad Jews  (twice), The Apple Family Plays, Invisible Man, Sucker Punch, The Golden Dragon, and The New Electric Ballroom, among others. Prior to joining Studio, she spent eight seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she headed the literary department and coordinated project scouting, selection, and development for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is the co-editor of eight anthologies of plays from Actors Theatre and editor of eight editions of plays through Studio. Adrien-Alice holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

(As of October 2020)


Luisa Sánchez Colón

Luisa Sánchez Colón’s New York theatre credits include Shipwreck (audio play), The Line (virtual play), the Under the Radar Festival, Mojada, White Noise, Miss You Like Hell, and Oedipus El Rey at The Public and Greater Clements at Lincoln Center Theater. Other New York theatre credits include The Paper Hat Game, Gruesome Playground Injuries, and The Fire This Time Festival. She worked on the national tour of Biscuit and Dog Loves Books. Internationally, she worked on the Royal Court Theatre's production of Hangmen.

(As of November 2020)


Noel Nichols

Noel Nichols is a sound designer, engineer, and artist based in the New York area and hailing from Arizona. Select design credits include ain’t no dead thing, We are Proud to Present a Presentation…, and How to Relearn Yourself at Yale Cabaret; Fun Home and In His Hands for the Yale School of Drama; Latinos Who Look Like Ricky Martin at Verano Cabaret; Ghost Card for Fullstop Collective; and Counting Pebbles for Faultline Ensemble. Select engineering credits include The Prisoner at Yale Rep, the 2019 Carlotta Festival of New Plays at the Yale School of Drama, and Sundown Yellow Moon and Underground Railroad Game at Ars Nova. NoelNicholsDesign.com.

(As of November 2020)


Sivan Battat

Sivan Battat (she/they) is an Iraqi-Jewish theatre director, cultural worker, community organizer, and educator based in New York. Recent credits include Who the F*ck is Ahmed by Michael Zalta for the Rough Draft Festival at the Laguardia Performing Arts Center, She He Me by Raphael Khouri for National Queer Theatre, Coexistence My Ass by Noam Shuster at Harvard University and National Tour, Pie Shop Play by Alice Pencavel for the Corkscrew Festival, and East o’, West o’! by Michelle J. Rodriguez for Ars Nova's ANTFest. Sivan is the former Artistic Apprentice at Studio Theatre, and has worked as an assistant/associate with directors including Whitney White, Sam Gold, Rebecca Taichman, Neil Pepe, and Gaye Taylor Upchurch, among others. As a cultural worker, Sivan has worked with NYC-based Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) in numerous capacities, most recently creative directing the first ever JFREJ Mimouna, a celebration of identity and ritual, and curated Salon al-Mahjar, a performance salon for queer and trans MENASA artists. sivenbattat.com.

(As of November 2020)


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