Bartlett Sher, who has worked as an assistant director under Robert Woodruff ("Lie of the Mind," "Figaro Gets a Divorce," "A Man's A Man") and Peter Sellars ("Ajax") has just formed his own production company, Plus Fire Performance Group. His first project, scheduled for May, will be the San Diego premiere of a short play by Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka, who won the Nobel Prize for literature last year. Sher is planning to transform Wolinka's tale of two African tribes at war into clashes between the United States and Mexican/Central American cultures. Rob Murphy, who designed the wild, explosive mind for "Six Women With Brain Death, or Expiring Minds Want to Know" at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, will design the set. Sher is holding open auditions today for a cross-cultural set of actors from ages 18-90 at the Installation Gallery, 930 E St.
The North Coast Repertory Theatre is not waiting to move to its new quarters (which it plans to do Feb. 26 with the opening of "Salt Water Moon") to try something new. Tonight at 7:30 it will stage a reading of "The Inn-Between," a musical in progress about the time between the death and afterlife of two men as seen through their eyes. Written by two local writer-composers, the reading, if successful, will result in a full production in late summer.