Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Love in All the Wrong Faces By Quanda R. Graves

There is a new play coming to your town and you can look forward to it becoming a desirable play to see. The play, Love in All the Wrong Faces, though not a gospel one, it is a biblical story of the whale made modern and relatable to invite the audience in.  I was blessed to interview the writer/producer, director, the lead and supporting actors; and how I did these interviews were one by one on the telephone.

First up was Fredericka Meek who plays the lead “Destiny.” I asked what made her want to play Destiny and she explained that Destiny is so opposite of her. She is a high maintenance drama queen who acts out in every way possible. Fredericka enjoys the challenge and also adds that though Destiny has a bit of a journey to go through it’s nice to see her outcome.

Next up was, Wallace Demorria who plays the supporting role of Lester; who is looked at as the bad guy. However, Wallace doesn’t see it that way, he explains that Lester is a guy who is missing something in his life; he’s just a good guy that’s good at being bad and says he’s misunderstood which can attest to his personal life as well.

I moved forward to, Taja Simpson, the director who is also by the way no stranger to acting at all. When asked how important is it to create each scene and is it a lot of pressure? She explains it’s no pressure at all, black outs may not be her thing but she understands them. She just wants to make sure that the scenes are all made seamless.  Last but not at all least, I spoke with Laval Belle, pastor, author, producer and more. The writer and producer of the play, this play Love in All the Wrong Faces derived from his book of the same title which came from one of his sermon’s of that biblical story. When I asked Laval why he felt this play needed to be told he said that a lot of us need to love ourselves, find our purpose in life and embrace the inspiration for it, which is what makes a great story.

I have to say I have never had such a fun filled morning speaking to so many people. When speaking to them all, in a nutshell, this is what is was; they believe in this story, they all could relate to the play and they each appreciated each other and what they brought to the table and loved how Laval made the play an incredible puzzle.

Taja is known as the “actor’s director” who by her cast members attest and say that she brings out the best in them which makes part of the play what it is. The writer/producer explains that she is a “God send.” They all say the play speaks for itself and Wallace says that there are a few Destiny’s out there (though some will probably never admit it) but he knows many of them and this is a play to see.

 Wow! Talk about the love. I love all of them for their professionalism and realness. To see the play Love in All the Wrong Faces and learn more about the Laval Belle, Taja Simpson, Fredericka Meek and Wallace Demorria please visit

October 13th of 2012

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