MONTCLAI, NJ - The St. James Players’ are set to perform their latest entitled, Macbeth a Cauldron of Intrigue and Dark Magic this weekend.

Shakespeare’s darkest and most intense play, the tragedy Macbeth, will be brought to vivid life by the Saint James Players of Montclair on Oct. 14, 15 and 16. The Shakespearean troupe, which consists of actors and crew from throughout Northern New Jersey, will perform the play in a version adapted for modern audiences.

“From the serpentine, spell-binding dancing of the witches to the cumulative crumbling of a tortured king’s psyche, this production is like a roller-coaster ride in a condemned amusement park of the mind,” said James Broderick, Glen Ridge resident and director of the play. “Our cast and crew have worked hard to provide a rich and original take on the play. It should be quite memorable.”

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The performances take place in the historic sanctuary of the St. James Episcopal Church, 581 Valley Road, Upper Montclair. Show times are Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m., The performances are free, but tickets are required and can be reserved by visiting the website: www.stjamesplayers.org

Macbeth tells the story of a twelfth-century Scottish king and the price he pays for realizing his royal ambitions. From the vituperative, mysterious Lady Macbeth to the chilly goofiness of the Porter, Macbeth showcases Shakespeare’s range and gifts for intensity and ambiguity like no other play in the canon. Long a staple of the Shakespearean repertoire, the play remains a relevant touchstone for contemporary political and cultural conflicts.

“Nothing will put you in the mood for the Halloween season like this play,” Broderick said. “There’s tricks and there’s treats: pagan dancing, strobe lights, murder, sword fights, blood – and singing. This Macbeth’s got it all.” Because of the realistic depiction of violence, the show may be inappropriate for young children.