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Benefit for the American Red Cross and the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

Saturday, October 7 at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 8 at 2:30pm and at 5pm


with Jaya Coats, Brandon Cooke, Evit Emerson, Alexandra Petkus, Margie Rinaldi, Lynda Senter, and Chad Sheffield

When Hurricane Ike hit Galveston in 2008, Ward Acting Studio Director Wendy Ward turned to her intern and said, "Let's build a show that will benefit the people of Galveston," and a few weeks later Almost Home was born.  By a trick of fate, Galveston native Tom Johnson happened to be in New York, saw a listing in a local newspaper, attended the show and wrote this review.


“It amazes me that within a few weeks of Hurricane Ike, a committed director named Wendy Ward, a small ensemble of actors-in-training and a handful of theater technicians, could put together this incredibly powerful multi-media work that is authentic and of the highest artistic quality.... there are moments in Almost Home that seem to pop out of nowhere and channel the voices of the people and history of Galveston and demand: ‘Look at us. Listen. In this tragedy, we are one. We are you.’ I only wish that this show could be taken to Texas where it would both act as a voice for those dispossessed... It would be both enlightening and a profound catharsis, an act of healing.”


Running time is approximately one hour.


When you go to Checkout, notice that there is a donation box that is already filled in with our recommendation of $20.  Feel free to change that amount to whatever you choose and can afford.  Our goal is to make $500 at each performance but we'd be really happy to exceed that goal! All proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross.

In 2011, Ms. Ward was teaching in Melbourne when perilous floods devastated huge areas of Queensland and Victoria.  Upon her return to the States, she revised the show with an international cast of actors from Australia, Germany, Macedonia and the United States to commemorate world-wide victims of floods.

The show was resurrected a third time in September 2015 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  To date, the show has raised over $4,000 for the American Red Cross.


Ward Theatre Company will donate 100% of donations collected during the ticket sales and performances of Almost Home.  This donation will support people affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Your donation will be split equally to enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these two disasters.  The American Red Cross name, Emblems and copyrighted materials are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. The American Red Cross logo is a registered trademark owned by the American Red Cross. For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit