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.”
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.