On Sunday, May 6, I had the pleasure of attending the last Los Angeles showing of ‘Feeding A Monster’, the stage play. ‘Feeding A Monster’ is the real-life story of Veronica Loving and her daughter Jazzmine Jackson. The stage play was derived from the book written by Loving and Jackson, and just as the book was in depth of the issue of sexual assault, the actors did an exceptional job of bringing the issue that has been swept under the rug for years, to the forefront.
The talent of this awe-inspiring production consisted of Fayley Patrice (Veronica Loving); DeJuan Christopher (Kenneth Crockom King); Doyin Domingo (Jazzmine Jackson); Conisha Wade-Dorsey (Rhea); and Andre K. Jefferson (Eli). Each cast member did a phenomenal job of bringing their character to life. The passion that they exhibited on stage made the audience feel the situation. You were able to visually see a reenactment of how Veronica and Jazzmine felt during the time that this experience occurred.
The way that the script was written, which was written by Loving and La Darrion Williams, kept us on the edge of the seats. Some scenes were so intense that they gave you chills because it seemed like everything was actually taking place right before your eyes. It made you feel like you had traveled the journey with Loving and Jackson. I commend the director, Art Evans, for bringing his vision of that to the stage.
Each scene in the play was thought out to a ‘T’, and in between the scenes the production crew were on que when it came time to get the stage ready for the next scene, whether it caused for moving furniture around or adding additional props to stage, they were on it.
If you did not get the chance to see this production, Veronica stated that they do plan on bringing it to a bigger stage and to more cities, so be on the lookout for that. But in the meantime, you can purchase the book at Amazon.com.
Listen to the cast interviews below: