Mama’s Boy

Blake Friis

Show Information:

Blake Friis grew up a proud, self-proclaimed mama's boy. His mother was smart, funny, and the toughest person in town. After a devastating car accident, she made a recovery that exceeded everyone's expectations...except her own. Three days after Blake's 13th birthday, she ended her life. Set to original Americana music by Ryan Atkinson, Mama's Boy tackles the stigma of suicide, growing up a loss survivor, and learning to find peace with questions that can never be answered.


Buffalo Room at Westport Flea Market

817 Westport Rd

Kansas City, MO 64111

Show Times

July 22 - Saturday - 4:00pm

July 22 - Saturday - 10:00pm

July 29 - Saturday - 2:00pm

July 29 - Saturday - 10:00pm


Spoken Word



60 Minutes


All Ages


Adult Language


  1. Luke on July 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Story of dealing with the suicide of his mother and how he grew up under it’s shadow. An honest look into how we internalize and deal with our issues. Some of the humor in the beginning fell a bit flat, but he hit rhythm in the second half where the power of his story shines through.

  2. Craig on July 31, 2017 at 6:11 am

    This play is storytelling about the actor’s real experience with recovering from his mother’s suicide. I had a cousin that killed himself and his parents, 30+ years later, died still blaming themselves. The play is about how a suicide affects loved ones more than it is about suicide itself. Very powerful story with a few songs by a “supporting actor” that sang the songs. Not sure which one was the saddest part, the story or the music that was also very sad sounding. The show was performed very well. I just wish that there were more performances for more people to get to see this, but I just saw it on its last night of this year’s Fringe.

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