CARROLL GARDENS — Some dinner parties want you to RSVP. For this one, you’d best send an R.I.P.
“The Witches” — an interactive adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" — is inviting horror-loving theatergoers to a gallery on Court Street for a nightmarish performance of the Bard’s play, by a new theater group.
Audience members playing the role of unsuspecting invitees will arrive promptly at 8 p.m. to snack on light fare and mingle with three witches, who will host a normal-seeming dinner party in the Court Tree Collective gallery, made to look like a comfortable apartment.
But once the play begins a half hour later, the normalcy is smashed and the seemingly serene Carroll Gardens apartment becomes a physical and emotional torture chamber for the witches to attack Macbeth, played by actor Danny Morrison.
“We all feel that Macbeth is kind of the original horror story,” said Giverny Petitmermet, who plays one of the witches alongside actresses Sarah Moore and Mara Gannon. The trio also play the roles of almost every other character in the original play.
“The punishment is to relive his story over and over again,” Petitmermet said.
The gallery serves as the perfect setting for the performance, which will be staged Aug. 18, 24 and 25, allowing the actors to create an interactive and immersive performance, organizers said.
Those with a penchant for the macabre, however, are welcome.
“We definitely wanted to do it in a non-conventional theater space,” Petitmermet said.