Plums Drop From Icelandic Tree Onto Manhattan Stage, Aug. 5

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Thirsty for Icelandic theatre? Well, New Yorkers, you're in luck. In the next couple months, you may be able to catch two stage attractions which hail from the small island nation.

The first, Plums in New York, a presentation of The Icelandic Connection, begins Aug. 5 for an eight-week Off-Broadway run at Theatre Row's Clurman Theater.

It may soon be followed by a version of Romeo and Juliet, which Broadway producer Arielle Tepper caught in Iceland and will likely be bringing to New York .

But, for now, there's Plums. The Icelandic Connection, which was founded in 2003, is committed to producing "new and noteworthy yet little known plays in both Iceland and abroad." Plums in New York was the troupe's debut effort when it played the Tjarnarbíó Theatre in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik on May 21, 2003.

The Connection is headed by an ambitious group of well-accented names, including director Hera Ólafsdóttir, composer Rósa Gudmundsdóttir, lighting and video designers Egill Ingibergsson and Móeidur Helgadóttir and actor playwright Anna Rósa Sigurdardóttir. Between them, they have been educated in Denmark, London, France, Germany, the United States and, or course, Iceland.

The plot of Plums, indelibly expressed by press materials, concerns "Gudrún, a young woman exploring August Strindberg through her own writing. One night, she dreams of deep purple plums ready to harvest in New York City. This leads her on a pilgrimage to New York, in hopes of finding meaning behind her dream. Through her desperate attempt to make sense of her vision and her writing, Gudrún loses a tenuous grip on reality and with it, her ability to separate fact from fiction, dreaming from waking. Hungry for clarity, she deconstructs Strindberg's philosophy that all of life is an experiment until ultimately, Strindberg's spirit literally inhabits her body." Susan Burdian produces. Tickets are $25-$40. Call (212) 239-4200.

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