Ranson has appeared on Broadway in Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem and the Steppenwolf production of August: Osage County. She continued with August: Osage County at the National Theatre in London and at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia.
Other theatre credits include The Burnt Part Boys and Pride and Prejudice.
She is a graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School, where she was the recipient of a Drama Desk Scholarship Award.
|Full given name:|| Molly Abigail Ranson
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Upper West Side of Manhattan|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||My mom works in the pharmaceutical advertising industry. My dad was a carpenter. He helped build many a movie set and also a lot of the furniture I still use today.|
|Current audition song/monologue:||I tend to try to find a song that fits the show perfectly and will often drive myself insane clicking through iTunes.|
|Special skills:||I have some nifty levitation tricks up my sleeve, thanks to Carrie.|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Getting rid of things. I attach way too much sentimental value to everything.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Hello Dolly! with Carol Channing when I was 5. I enjoyed it but remember being confused as to why it was so different from the movie.|
|If you could go back in time and catch any performance, what would it be?||Original cast of A Chorus Line and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl|
|Current shows you have been recommending to friends:||Sleep No More and Once|
|Favorite showtune of all time:|| “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady
“Hello Dolly” from Hello Dolly!
“Maybe this Time” from Cabaret
“Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music
|Some favorite modern musicals:||
Movie musicals I grew up on like My Fair Lady, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof... I also love pretty much everything by Sondheim, and more recently I loved The Light in the Piazza.
|Favorite contemporary plays:||I’m a big fan of Stephen Adly Guirgis and Martin McDonagh|
|Stage or screen star of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||Charlie Chaplin|
|Your personal acting idols, living or dead:||Marin Mazzie is a huge inspiration to me. I also have learned so much from and deeply respect my castmates in August: Osage County and Jerusalem.|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||The final performance of A Normal Heart|
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||Show overtures. The lights go down, the music starts, and that's it.|
|What you learned from Mark Rylance:||The beauty of being spontaneous and how to take a bloody curtain call!|
|MAC or PC?||MAC|
|Most played song on your iPod:||"Blue Ridge Mountains" by Fleet Foxes. I listen to the whole album a lot.|
|Last book you read:||"Be Here Now" by Ram Dass|
|Last good movie you saw:||"The Artist"|
|Some films you consider classics:|| "The Graduate"
"The Wizard of Oz"
|Favorite horror films of all time:|| "Rosemary’s Baby"
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
|What was your experience with/knowledge of the Carrie musical prior to becoming involved?||I didn’t know anything about the musical but had always been a fan of the movie.|
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Mark Rylance performing Shakespeare|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||“Jersey Shore”|
|Favorite cities:||New York is obviously my favorite, but I also love Paris, Sydney and London.|
|First CD/Tape/LP you owned:||Spice Girls|
|Favorite non-theatre musicians/bands/groups:||Beatles, Beck, Animal Collective, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, Buena Vista Social Club, CocoRosie, Astrud Gilberto, Regina Spektor, David Bowie, Queen, Arcade Fire|
|First stage kiss:||The boy who played Danny to my Sandy in Grease at Long Lake Camp for the Arts circa 2004.|
|Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:||Most memorable: A tree in New York City Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty when I was 9. I had to wear a hooded brown unitard and my head got stuck in the costume. The wardrobe women had to cut it apart to get me out of it.|
|How you got your Equity card:||Understudying in August: Osage County|
|Favorite pre-/post- show meal:||I’ve recently taken up eating organic baby food from a squeeze tube. I buy it from Health and Harmony down the block on Hudson. It’s a quick, nourishing pre-show snack. My castmates enjoy making fun of me for it.|
|Favorite liquid refreshment:||Anything from Juice Generation. My current favorite is Mate Zen.|
|Pre-show rituals or warm-ups:||Stretching, vocalizing, breathing and drinking hot water with apple cider vinegar|
|Most challenging role you have ever played:||Carrie!|
|Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:||
Before we mastered all the quick changes, I had a few hilarious costume mishaps for the volley ball section of the opening number, "In." I've performed the section wearing the knee pads I use for "And Eve Was Weak" since I put them on too early, and I forgot to wear my gym shorts once and played volley ball wearing my long skirt.
|Worst costume ever:||The unitard tree costume|
|Leading lady role you've been dying to play:||Annie... I think I missed my chance.|
|Leading man role you wish you could play:||Tevye|
|Something about you that surprises people:||I'm quite a handyman. I love fixing things.|
|Something you are incredibly proud of:||Being a part of this show for the past two years.|
|Your New Year's Resolution for 2012:||To be in each moment|
|Career you would want if not a performer:||A plumber. I LOVE unclogging drains.|
|Three things you can't live without:||Food, water and oxygen.|
|Words of advice for aspiring performers:||Value and trust your uniqueness.|