Subseries 1.1
Writings by Rebecca Ranson, 1966-2000
Boxes 1-11, 58

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of plays, poems, short stories, drafts of novels, and other written material by Rebecca Ranson. The largest portion of the subseries consists of copies of Ranson's plays, including in-progress drafts, final versions, and copies annotated for performances. Ranson's plays often deal with themes of family conflict, personal discovery, and self-realization. Blood on Blood, for example, examines a woman named Maria who becomes sexually involved with her husband's brother, creating a deadly love triangle. Delicate Matters concerns a woman who goes in search of, and eventually finds, the child she gave up for adoption years before. The Desperadoes trilogy examines three women spending time in an isolated cabin who discuss their failed marriages, which leads to two of them becoming romantic partners. Ranson's Brownie Broadway dialogues, based on her alter ego, discuss Ranson's inner emotions at various points in her life and her journey from teenage love to middle age. Many of Ranson's plays are set in Appalachia, especially western North Carolina and East Tennessee. There are also a number of personal writings in the form of free form, handwritten notes, both from Ranson's time as a college student and from her professional career. Ranson's handwritten notes often reflect the material in her printed plays. Many of the handwritten papers from Ranson's younger years discuss her problems with her parents, especially upon becoming pregnant at age 17, and her realization of her changing sexuality. The material on one of Ranson's projects, AIDS interviews, includes transcripts and markups of conversations Ranson had with other patients at the San Francisco hospital where her close friend Warren Johnston died (the inspiration for her play, Warren), along with Ranson's narratives and commentary on their lives. This subseries also contains a few published booklets compiling interviews that Ranson conducted with residents of the Edgewood and Kirkwood neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by writing type.

Box Folder Content
1 1 AIDS interviews, appendix, no date
1 2 AIDS interviews, Beth, no date
1 3 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 1: Narrative of my personal experiences with Warren," no date
1 4 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 2: Kelly Hill," no date
1 5 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 3: Ward 5B: Ward Morrison's Dream," no date
1 6 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 4: Narrative by me about some of the things I saw on the ward," no date
1 7 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 5: The Patients: Phil, Joe, Jim, Michael," no date
1 8 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 6: Cheryl and Robert," June 23, 1984
1 9 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 7: Nursing on Ward 5B: Alison, Katherine, George, Elissa, Steve," no date
1 10 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 8: Support Services on 5B," no date
1 11 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 9: Ward 86: The Outpatient Clinic (Ken Marlin)," no date
1 12 AIDS interviews," Chapter 10: Sam and Joe," no date
1 13 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 11: Shanti Volunteers: Sally," no date
1 14 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 12: AIDS related cases: Alexis, Mark," no date
1 15 AIDS interviews, "Chapter 13: Summary of what is going on now," (CDC comments, statistics, etc), no date
1 16 AIDS interviews, Charles, no date
1 17 AIDS interviews, Diane, no date
56 1 AIDS interviews, The, compiled draft, no date [1 of 2]
56 2 AIDS interviews, The, compiled draft, no date [2 of 2]
1 18 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [1 of 9]
1 19 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [2 of 9]
1 20 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [3 of 9]
1 21 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [4 of 9]
1 22 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [5 of 9]
2 1 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [6 of 9]
2 2 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [7 of 9]
2 3 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [8 of 9]
2 4 AIDS interviews, draft material with markup, 1984-1985 [9 of 9]
2 5 AIDS interviews, introductory material no date
2 6 AIDS interviews, Karen, no date
2 7 AIDS interviews, list of prospective titles, no date
2 8 AIDS interviews, Tom, no date
2 9 Booklet and drafts, Can't Take No More, 1980
2 10 Book manuscript, project on San Francisco General Hospital, no date
2 11 Dialogues, Brownie Broadway readings and responses, 1989-1992
2 12 Dialogues, Stormy Road Onward dialogues, 1996
56 3 Manuscript, Stormy Road Onward, 1998
3 1 Novel, Brownie: A Story of Indeterminate Length, draft material, no date
3 2 Novel, Calling It Quits, manuscript, no date
3 3 Novel, Mo, draft material, 1993 [?]
3 4 Novel, Southern Voice serial novel project, drafts and correspondence, 1995-1999
3 5 Personal notes, handwritten notes on interviewees, no date
3 6 Personal notes, ideas and brainstorming notes, no date
3 7 Personal notes, ideas and notes, 1983-1984
3 8 Personal notes, list of personal likes and dislikes, no date
3 9 Personal notes, notes and draft material, 1971, no date [1 of 3]
3 10 Personal notes, notes and draft material, 1971, no date [2 of 3]
3 11 Personal notes, notes and draft material, 1971, no date [3 of 3]
3 12 Personal notes, notes on how to make love, no date
3 13 Personal notes, reflections on writing process and specific plays, cassette transcripts, 1998
3 14 Personal notes, statements of finances, August-September 1985
3 15 Personal notes, statements of writing philosophy, no date
3 16 Play, 051 Prison scripts, no date
4 1 Play, Abstract Play with Complex Subtext, 1977
4 2 Play, A.W.O.L., draft, no date
4 3 Play, Back Then, 1996 [2 copies]
4 4 Play, Bathed in Blood: A Ritualistic Drama about Tianamen Square and the Democracy Movement, scripts and casting notes, 1990
4 5 Play, Blood on Blood, no date
4 6 Play, Blood on Blood, contracts, 1990
4 7 Play, Blood on Blood, draft material, no date
4 8 Play, Blood on Blood, original script, 1987
4 9 Play, Blood on Blood, section "Broken Dreams," 1987 [2 copies]
4 10 Play, Brownie Broadway, 1978
4 11 Play, Brownie Broadway, corrected draft, 1978
4 12 Play, Brownie Broadway: Bound by Bone and Blood, drafts and markups, 1990
4 13 Play, Brownie Broadway: Bound by Bone and Blood, original script, 1990
4 14 Play, Buddy Bolden's Blues, 1980
4 15 Play, Can't Take No More, draft, no date
4 16 Play, Can't Take No More, original, no date
4 17 Play, Carry On, 1999 [2 copies]
4 18 Play, Ceaser's Sorrow, no date
4 19 Play, Cleo, no date
5 1 Play, Cleo, draft for Southern Screenwriting Competition, 1990
5 2 Play, Clues, 1995 [2 copies]
5 3 Play, Convulsion, drafts, 1976
5 4 Play, Crying for Freedom, draft material, no date [1984?]
5 5 Play, Custom and Conscience, draft material, 1995
5 6 Play, Daughters of Hardship, no date
5 7 Play, Daughters of Hardship, original script, no date
5 8 Play, Delicate Matters, draft and extra pages, no date
5 9 Play, Delicate Matters, draft for Atlanta show, 1995
5 10 Play, Delicate Matters, first draft, 1995
5 11 Play, Delicate Matters, second draft, no date
5 12 Play, Desperadoes Trilogy, Part I: Origins, no date
5 13 Play, Desperadoes Trilogy, Part II: Stillpoint, no date
5 14 Play, Desperadoes Trilogy, Part III: Transformation, no date
5 15 Play, Desperadoes, contracts, 1988
5 16 Play, Detours, draft, 1980
6 1 Play, Dream Boy, draft and audition material, 1998
6 2 Play, The Dreamtellers, no date [2 copies]
6 3 Play, Dregs, no date
6 4 Play, Drinks, Dinner, and Bed, title page, 1986
6 5 Play, Dying by Your Own Hand Ain't Easy, draft material, no date
6 6 Play, Elmatha's Apology, correspondence, 1991
6 7 Play, Elmatha's Apology, ordering information, 1988
6 8 Play, Elmatha's Apology, original script, 1973
6 9 Play, Feeding the Family, 1981
6 10 Play, Feeling the Presence: Brownie Broadway at 50, annotated copy, 1993
6 11 Play, Feeling the Presence: Brownie Broadway at 50, performance scripts, 1993
6 12 Play, Fighting Blood, draft material, no date
6 13 Play, Fire, 1981 [2 copies]
6 14 Play, For Love and For Life, draft, no date
6 15 Play, Frankenstein, drafts and notes, no date
6 16 Play, Frida, draft material, no date
6 17 Play, A Glorietta, 1998
6 18 Play, A Glorietta, contracts, 1998
6 19 Play, A Glorietta, correspondence, 1997-2000
6 20 Play, A Glorietta, draft material, 1998
6 21 Play, A Glorietta, performance notes, April-May 1998
6 22 Play, A Glorietta, performance script with memos, 2000 [1 of 2]
7 1 Play, A Glorietta, performance script with memos, 2000 [2 of 2]
7 2 Play, Grace is Dying, draft material, no date
7 3 Play, Higher Ground: Voices of AIDS, 1988
58 18 Play, Homes, typescript draft, January 1989
7 4 Play, Honeybunch, contracts, 1987
7 5 Play, Honeybunch, correspondence, 1989
7 6 Play, Honeybunch, screenplay, 1988 [2 copies]
7 7 Play, How Many Dark Ships in the Forest, no date
7 8 Play, Hunter's Affair, first draft with markup, 1973
7 9 Play, In Poor Taste, draft material, no date
7 10 Play, The Incarceration of Annie, contracts, 1986
7 11 Play, The Incarceration of Annie, correspondence, 1983-1985
7 12 Play, The Incarceration of Annie, correspondence, 1989, 1992
7 13 Play, In Poor Taste, draft material, no date
7 14 Play, It's a Crime..., draft for summer street show, 1979
7 15 Play, Jesse's Time, 1990
7 16 Play, Jimmy's Drums, 1974
7 17 Play, Knowing the Truth, draft material, no date
7 18 Play, Lavender Hearts, no date
7 19 Play, Legacies (co-authored with Kelly Hill and David Stebbins), no date
7 20 Play, Lesly, no date
7 21 Play, The Lightkeepers, 1995
7 22 Play, Little Potato or Burying Grandma, draft for the Little Road Company, no date Burying Grandma, draft for the Little Road Company, no date
7 23 Play, The Mercy Sea, original copy, no date
7 24 Play, Messages from the People, drafts, 1980
7 25 Play, Molly, draft material, no date
8 1 Play, A Moon Poem, drafts, no date
8 2 Play, Moon Speck Streams Past the Stars and Sara Jo, 1980
8 3 Play, No Limits, correspondence, 1985-1986
8 4 Play, No Limits, script for Harrisburg Area Community College, 1986
8 5 Play, One Night Stand, draft, no date
8 6 Play, One Potato Two, contracts, 1985
8 7 Play, One Potato Two, original script, no date
8 8 Play, A Poet and a One Night Stand, screenplay [labeled "old version"]
8 9 Play, The Preparation of Paul, no date
8 10 Play, The Reason the Marriage Didn't Last, draft material, no date
8 11 Play, Record Breakers, draft and correspondence, 1975
8 12 Play, Ride Me Down Easy, 1976
8 13 Play, Robbery, no date
8 14 Play, Second Sight, 1995
8 15 Play, Secrets, contracts, 1989-1990
8 16 Play, Secrets, draft, no date
8 17 Play, Secrets, draft for Atlanta performance, 1988
8 18 Play, Secrets, draft for Chicago performance, no date
8 19 Play, Secrets, screenplay, no date
8 20 Play, Solo Pianissimo, 1972
8 21 Play, Some Fine Unnamed Thing, no date
8 22 Play, Soon as I Get Me Some Air, 1981 [2 copies]
8 23 Play, Texas Two Stepping with the Girls, no date
9 1 Play, This Happened to Me Because of My Spine, draft material, no date
9 2 Play, Timesteps, draft material, no date
9 3 Play, Trouble in Pine Forest, draft, no date
9 4 Play, unidentified page, no date
9 5 Play, Upward Bound, draft material, no date
9 6 Play, Warren, 1984 [2 copies]
9 7 Play, Warren, contracts, 1988
9 8 Play, Warren, correspondence, 1981, 1984-1985
9 9 Play, Warren, correspondence, 1986-1987
9 10 Play, Warren, correspondence, 1988-1989
9 11 Play, WASPS (Women Air Force Service Pilots), 1991
9 12 Play, We Never Do Anything Exciting, no date
9 13 Play, We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest, draft material, no date
9 14 Play, The Welfare Line, original draft, no date
9 15 Play, Where the Morning Rain Don't Fall, 1972
9 16 Play, White Piano, drafts and notes, no date
9 17 Play, Wiley Warren's Bad Medicine, draft material, no date
9 18 Play, Woman Who Loved Moon, partial script, no date
9 19 Play, Writes, Rites, Rights, 1991
9 20 Play, The Wrong Horse to Ride, draft material, no date
10 1 Play, Yoni, drafts and notes, no date
10 2 Play, You Can't Just Marry Somebody You Don't Know, draft material, no date
10 3 Poem, "Acts of Love," circa 1970s
10 4 Poem, "Anticipation," no date
10 5 Poem, "Bad Girls," 1991
10 6 Poem, "Carmen," no date
10 7 Poem, "Dead Babies," 1981
10 8 Poem, handwritten poem drafts, no date
10 9 Poem, "Junkwoman," no date
10 10 Poem, "The Last Poem for Valeria," no date
10 11 Poem, "oh, the sorrow: of the times in New York," no date
10 12 Poem, "oh, the sorrow: of the times in New York," draft material, no date
10 13 Poem, poems for readings, 1978-1980
10 14 Poem, "Prison," no date
10 15 Poem, "Sam," no date
10 16 Poem, "Warren," no date
10 17 Poem, "Will You Hold Me When I Die," no date
10 18 Poem, "Wiley," no date
10 19 Senior services skit scripts, no date
10 20 Short story, "Hard Times," 1971
10 21 Short story, "In the New Life," drafts, 1994-1995 [1 of 2]
10 22 Short story, "In the New Life," drafts, 1994-1995 [2 of 2]
10 23 Short story, "In the New Life," drafts, 1995-1996
10 24 Short story, "In the New Life," drafts, no date
10 25 Short story, "In the New Life," first draft, no date
10 26 Short story, "The Incarceration of Annie," drafts, 1978-1983
10 27 Short story, "The Junkman," no date
10 28 Short story, "Satisfaction," no date
10 29 Short story, "Webo," 1981 [2 copies]
10 30 Short story, "Webo," page layout, 1981
10 31 Student plays, poems, and short stories, 1960-1973 [1 of 4]
10 32 Student plays, poems, and short stories, 1960-1973 [2 of 4]
11 1 Student plays, poems, and short stories, 1960-1973 [3 of 4]
11 2 Student plays, poems, and short stories, 1960-1973 [4 of 4]
11 3 Video script, VISN 8 Service Line, 2000
11 4 Writings about Charles, poems and short stories, 1966-1971
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