Hurricane House – A Play by Wendell E. Carter
August 11 – 14, 2016  

Synopsis:

Delta Mason, 22, leaves home one steamy summer night in her North Carolina town for some ice cream and does not return. The frantic family (mother Caroleena, father Bruin, brother Leavell and identical twin Delia) searches for her, a search complicated by the appearance of a hurricane bearing her name. Hurricane Delta is so massive that the townspeople must evacuate. But the Masons believe they have a compelling reason to remain. Only the athiest Leavell seems to understand that they will all be killed. Does the rest of the family know something about God and the spirit that Leavell must re-learn? Will his lack of belief kill them all, or will it save them?

Wendell Edward Carter, Playwright

Wendell Edward Carter hails originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Educated at Haverford College, Stanford and Cornell Universities, he became a playwright after the tragic death of a younger sibling lead to the near-spontaneous genesis of a play about the experience and its aftermath (Hurricane House). Hurricane House plums the depths of loss and the strength of family ties as a southern family deals with the tragic murder of a ‘holy’ daughter, whose spirit merges with an approaching hurricane.

Wendell is the author of some 14 plays, and several screenplays and teleplays. As a theatre producer or playwright, he has self-produced plays along the Eastern Seaboard. A scene from his farcical play, Heart of the Company, workshopped at the Harlem Playwrights 21 workshop, was presented in HP21’s Short Play Festival at the Producers Club June 23 through 26, 2016.

Justin Lord, Director

Justin Lord has won a Drama-Logue Critics Award for his performance in the late Teddy Wilsons’ play “The Book Of The Crazy African”. His television work has included guest star roles in such shows as “Strong Medicine” where he is the love interest to Jenifer Lewis, “Family Law”, “Passions”, “NYPD”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “St Elsewhere”, and many more.

Following the natural progression from acting to directing, starting with his dedication to theatre, Justin directed Joyce Sylvester’s play “Mercedes” at the Billie Holiday Theatre in New York and was nominated for the Vivian Robinson Adelco Award for best director of a drama. He helmed the west coast premiere of Harry Kondoleon’s “The Brides”, James McClure’s “Pvt. Wars” at The Skylight Theatre and “Full Hook Up” by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller. He also staged two works of J.D. Hall, “Jubie” at Theater 40 and “Loot” for the Ventura Court Theatre Alliance, Sheri Baily’s “Summers In Suffolk” at the Town Street Theatre in Los Angeles, “Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t”, by Jamal Williams for the Mojo Ensemble in Los Angeles. Off Broadway Justin directed the revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window” at the “IRT Theater” in New York. Jocelyn Luckett’s “Rupture Runnin’ Through Risk, Runnin’ To Bliss” for the HBO New Writers in Los Angeles and also the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem N.C. where he also mounted Iona Morris’ one-woman show “For You” dedicated to her father, Mission Impossible’s Gregg Morris. One for new works, he directed several stage readings for First Stage in Los Angeles and the Mark Taper Forums, Black Smiths.

Justin has written and directed three of his original short films. And will soon be in production of his original screenplay “That Other Girl In My Head”

Venue: Summer Shares at La MaMa
74 E 4th St, NYC, NY 10032
(The First Floor Theatre)
*Summer Shares at La MaMa makes theatre spaces available to artists for non-curated productions