Presently his third production “Stones in the Desert…Eterno” is currently showing in The Little Theatre Thursday Oct. 23 and Friday Oct. 24 at 7pm as well as Sunday Oct. 26 at 2pm.
The play is based off of six characters who are on their journey after crossing the Texas border from Mexico.
“The journey of each one of these characters is very clear and what their struggle is, what their problem is, their issue. It lets the audience know this is a real person. We have real people who are crossing. I wanted to remind the audience that we have real people crossing the border,” Ranson said.
This play has hit the stage, as Ranson has rehearsed the play with his actors there have been some changes but he felt has been for the best as the characters developed. The play has also given the actors advantages.
“The actors have really given me good ideas as we’ve gone along. They’ve brought a lot more to the play. They become the first cast for the play, the first original cast. “They’re the first ones to do this play so they get to decide how to be that character,” Ranson said.
The first playwright Ranson brought to stage was a one act, “Las Cartas” in 2010 which he wrote along with student writers. They toured this play to different theatre competitions and started the Hispanic Playwright Initiative(HPI) group which was started to help students get involved in different aspects of theatre.
“The HPI encouraged the students to write more and do more than just acting,” Ranson said
Later in 2013 he wrote a play based on human trafficking, “Same as Sarah”.
A hispanic couple when their daughter gets kidnapped and is prostituted to older men. This play won second place in the National Playwriting award last year.
Ranson has been with Theatre here at Texas A&M University Kingsville since 2008.
He has done about 85 plays over the past 14 years being in Theatre. As an Artistic Director, Producer, Freelance director and actor, mostly in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Since 2000, He has taught as an adjunct, and full-time, teaching theatre with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, University of North Texas, Wharton County Junior College, Tarrant County College and Dallas County Community College.
He has been the full-time artistic director for three theatre companies; Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre ( North Dallas area 2000-2003 spt-1 equity house), Harbor Playhouse (Corpus Christi 2004-2007) and artistic director and co-founder of the Aurora Arts Theatre (Corpus Christi 2009-2010).
Most people don’t know that the theatre department does the same amount of plays per semester as larger universities Ranson said.
Ranson aims for plays to relate to the audience as well as the students to intrigue their interest into the program.
“We always try to do something that is relative to our region and that’s been the best way I’ve found to introduce our new students to play and acting because then they realize that there are real stories that relate to their own backgrounds.”
The biggest goals are informing people what theatre is, growing the department, getting the facilities in a better state, and gaining more staff.
“Every year we do something better, better and better,” Ranson said.
He has many goals for the Theatre department but the main goal is to help his students find their career path.
“My goal is help them realize what their potential occupation or potential study could be in Theatre,” Ranson said.
The Theatre department participates in Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) which is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.
KCACTF gives tamuk students the opportunity to see other schools work as well as expose them to other schools.
“This will allow the students to know all of their opportunities that they have in theatre,” Ranson said.