"ranney" is currenlty living in Lubbock, Texas where
his wife is pursuing her PhD at Texas Tech University.
THIS NOVEMBER: "ranney" will join the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company's Black and White Festival as one of it's stage directors.
"Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company is a professional theatre company located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2003 by artistic director Mark Clayton Southers, the company originally held productions at the Penn Theater in Garfield and moved to a new space on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Cultural District. It now holds productions in a space on Liberty Avenue in the same building used by Bricolage Production Company, as well as the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, where Southers is artistic director of theatre initiatives
The theatre's mission is to develop and showcase works by Pittsburgh playwrights, ranging from August Wilson and George Kaufman to new unknown playwrights, and to "nurture a racially and culturally diverse community of playwrights, directors, actors and technical specialists to hone their craft and to network creative opportunities."The company has had premiere productions of works by such Pittsburgh playwrights as Tammy Ryan, Kim El, Marlon Youngblood, Brendon Bates, Wali Jamal, and Ray Werner. The theatre company is also well known for its annual Theatre Festival in Black & White, in which white directors direct one-act plays by black playwrights and black directors direct one-act plays by white playwrights." - www.knowpia.com
"ranney" will be directing two one acts by, prolific playwright, Ray Werner for the festival. http://www.pghplaywrights.org/
UPCOMING WINTER: "ranney" is absolutely beside himself as he prepares to join the Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre Company's season early 2019. He will play the role of a lifetime, Troy Maxson, in CSTC's production of August Wilson's Fences. http://cincyshakes.com/on-stage/fences/
FALL 2018 TOUR DATES
MAY - AUGUST 2018
The "r" is immersed into numerable writing projects and has entered several screenplay and playwriting competitions. This is a crucial "cave" time for The Illuminatus. Stay tuned...
END OF APRIL 2018
Good News? Portland Playhouse's musical, Scarlet, was extended, with "ranney" as Samuel Maverick in this well received production.
Bad News? This has set the inaugural MOONLIT VIBRATIONS back once more, but it's comin' CHIL'REN!!!
Follow "ranney"s Moonlit Reflections - a blog about about music and pop culture. Moonlit Reflections happen each phase of the Lunar Cycle (New, First Quarter, Full Moon, Third Quarter). Catch the next the first week of May. http://syctree.tumblr.com/
"ranney"s Moonlit Vibrations Podcast - about vynil, culture, comedy, and more. "ranney"s Moonlit Vibrations Podcast will happen every Full Moon. Sorry for the delay, but the premiere episode is COMING SOON!
GLOSSOLALIA 2018 COMING SOON:
Mr. FunnyBlackMan is putting the final touches on his latest set for 2018.
All other energy is being channeled into several writing projects.
January - April 2018
"ranney" is completeing a run as Samuel Maverick in the hit Portland Playhouse Musical, Scarlet - written by Michelle Horgan, directed by Brian Weaver and Jessica Wallenfels:
"r" as Samuel Maverick; Kayla Kelly as Sailor; Maxwelle Rochete as Sailor; and John Kish as Sailor.
May 2017 - November 2017
"ranney" is heading to the 2017 SoloCom @ New York's Peoples Improv Theater. November 17 - 19.
Glossolalia: "ranney" is Speaking in Tongues.
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SOLOCOM is NYC's Only All-New Solo Show Festival. Over the course of 4 days, 100+ artists are invited to debut brand new, solo comedic work of any kind at the Peoples Improv Theater. The Illuminatus of Comedy is ready to take Glossolalia, an evening of pure stand-up, to SoloCom. Are you ready to Experience the Experience?
This has been a brutal and intense election year. After the votes are in and we have a new commander in chief, detox and celebrate it being over with Mr. FunnyBlackMan. "ranney" will be at Studio@620 in St. Pete Florida, November 10 at 7:30 for an evening of stand-up comedy. One Night Only! http://www.thestudioat620.org/events/stand-up-with-ranney
Third year in a row! This time "r" was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a play by the Tampa Bay Theatre Alliance for his portrayal of Doub in the American Stage Theatre Company's production of Jitney. http://www.theatretampabay.org/
The Theatre Tampa Bay Alliance annually awards theatrical productions from the Tampa Bay area which include top professionals from the national and international theatre scene.
"ranney" as DOUB
July - September 2016
Uh-oh, Chil'ren! Lots of work going on to bring you some really exciting news for 2017. Tune in this fall (around October to November) for more.
April - June 2016
"ranney" is back in "the writing room" working on several writing projects. Patience Chil'ren! The bread is almost done.
"Mr. FunnyBlackMan" is also in the final shaping of his latest one man jam: A Laugh Surpreme.
JANUARY- MARCH 2016
The "r" recently enjoyed a run as Doub in American Stage Company's production of August Wilson's Jitney. An exceptional cast, directed by L. Peter Callender, was received very well. Thank you Tampa Bay! http://americanstage.org/jitney/
Satchel Andre (L) as Youngblood and "r" as Doub.
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2015
The "r" is ecstatic to accept the 2015 Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a play for his portrayal of Sterling in the American Stage production of Radio Golf. The Theatre Tampa Bay Alliance annually awards theatrical productions from the Tampa Bay area which include top professionals from the national and international theatre scene.
This stellar cast, directed by Mark Clayton Southers, included the legendary Anthony Chisolm portraying the role of Old Joe - the character he originated on Broadway.
Anthony Chisolm (L) as Old Joe with "ranney" as Sterling