Eyes Up High In The Red Wood Tree - Albatross Theatre Lab

Albatross Theatre Lab

About the project and the company

One day staged reading of an original work by Annika Bennett.

It’s 1964 and Ken’s band of Merry Pranksters take off in a multicolor bus to catch the release of his second, and final, attempt at the Great American Novel. It’s 1968 and Viv battles with the potential suicide – or elaborate prank? – of her larger-than-life husband. It’s also 1989 and 1947, no time and every time. Eyes Up High in the Redwood Tree is a historically INaccurate exploration of the mythical life and times of the original explorer of the synapses, son of the Beats and the father of the hippie movement (and alleged literary burnout) – Ken Kesey. The play also draws inspiration from Neal Cassady & On the Road, from Tom Wolfe & Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, from Kesey’s own Sometimes a Great Notion, and from many of the Merry Pranksters who joined Kesey in the summer of ’64.

Location of Audition

University Heights Building, 5031 University Way NE, Room 109

Other details

Email albatrosstheatrelab@gmail.com for sides

Audition requirements

We are excited to watch either a prepared monologue or story of your choosing, or one of the provided sides (to be read as monologues). We may also ask you to read additional sides from the play. Sides will be provided when you email for an appointment, any side may be read for any part.

Character breakdown / Project needs
We are looking to cast actors of any race or gender, all are encouraged to audition. Workshop & new work development experience a plus. Interest in the Beats, Hippies, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests, and/or Ken Kesey and his lovable bullshit also – probably – a plus. We will cast 7 actors for the following roles:
3 women, 4 men; ages 25-50; no specified race for any character
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Email for Appointment. Appointments will be between 4p-8p on 10.26. You may also send a video audition.

Pay type


Audition location

Seattle WA

Pay type

This project does not pay. Dinner is provided on 11.17, the day of the reading. This project does not pay. Dinner is provided on 11.17, the day of the reading.

Callbacks or second audition/interview?


Union Requirements


Website specific to project


Equity Contract

Other Union