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'Color Purple’s' Patrice Covington to Play Audrey II in 'Little Shop'

The Fulton Opera House production will open this fall.

Patrice Covington

Patrice Covington

In a break from tradition, director Marc Robin has cast a woman to play Audrey II in The Fulton Opera House production of Little Shop of Horrors this fall. The plant, which is typically a puppet voiced by a male actor, will be played by The Color Purple’s Patrice Covington.

The popular Alan Menken and Howard Ashman musical is set to play September 19–October 15 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

“I have never heard of such a thing! A woman playing the plant! It was a quick ‘Yes!‘ for me, when Marc asked me to do this,“ Covington told Playbill. “I'm here for all the changes, openness to receive them, and diversity.“

Click here for the full article published on by Olivia Clement on August 28, 2017.