Carleton Bluford is a member of The Lab at Plan-B, a cadre of 9 local playwrights. He has created roles in Plan-B’s WALLACE by Jenifer Nii and THE THIRD CROSSING by Debora Threedy; he will also appear in A/VERSION OF EVENTS later this season.. MAMA, winner of the inaugural Plan-B Theatre grant from The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists, is his first professional production.

There are a couple of poignant things about MAMA that make it what it is.

First is my mother Dawn Bluford. MAMA is a sort of homage to motherhood and her.  She is so much of the reason why I am where I am today and the reason why I’ve done what I’ve done. Without her, I couldn’t be the man that I am. So MAMA is really a way to say to my mother and all mothers, “We may not always say it, but we see what you do, and we thank you!”  We celebrate the sacrifices our mamas make for us on a daily basis that raise all of us to our higher potential.

Second is David Fetzer.  His influence was a huge motivation for this play. He was a friend of mine and we talked about the kind of theater he wanted to show people and the kinds of experiences we wanted people to have in the theater. MAMA was written with him in mind and I’d like to think he’d get a kick out of it.

I’ve been blessed with one of the most talented casts I could hope for and a company that really cares about our work as writers. I couldn’t be happier or more excited about showing it to everyone!  I’ve been given feedback from some of the best writers in Utah in The Lab and am humbled with what they’ve had to say. If you want to be better, surround yourself with people who are better than you. Like my MAMA.

MAMA receives its world premiere February 12-22, 2015 at Plan-B featuring Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, Cooper Howell, Latoya Rhodes and Elizabeth Summerhays and directed by Jerry Rapier. Part of the Edward Lewis Black Theatre Festival and Black History Month. Click here for more information and tickets.

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