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Mary Kate Burke directs Little Shop of Horrors in Asbury Pk

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It's October in Asbury Park -- time for zombie sightings and ReVision Theatre presents Little Shop of Horrors at the Carousel House. This production is directed by Mary Kate Burke who recently completed a long run as artistic director for Pennsylvania’s Millbrook Playhouse.

The Little Shop of Horrors story is well known, however at ReVision Theatre, the story will get another revision by director Mary Kate Burke. This a Little Shop like you’ve never seen before — one that’s full of surprises, even in light of a plot that revolves around a bloodthirsty man-eating plant from outer space!

“The big thing with each production of the show is how to do the plant,” says Burke, who’s worked on some high profile projects with directors as Jonathan Lynn and Arthur Penn. In the ReVision re-visioning, Burke says, “We weren’t going to rent or build a giant plant — we decided to humanize Audrey II as a woman. Audrey II starts as a puppet in a plant pot, and with the song ‘Feed Me’ it opens up and she comes out and does magical things.”

Transforming the show’s baritone-voiced monster centerpiece into a sexy leaf-tendrilled temptress might, under normal circumstances, stand as reason enough to give this familiar show another look, but this being ReVision Theatre, the producers haven’t stopped there.

What else can you expect? Listen to this interview with Mary Kate to find out more and order your tickerts now, so you don't miss this production of Little Shop of Horrors. After the interview, please visit After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more information.

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