"A beautifully crafted work that speaks to the loneliness of the traveler
and the sadness of the displaced...performed with grace and lightness of spirit."
"The best kind of solo performance,
delivered by an artist with exquisite physical and emotional control.
A multi-faceted theatrical journey to heartbreaking, war-torn landscapes.[...]Virtuousic
In 1997, while living in Belgrade for six months to observe the
work and creative process of Dah Teatar, Kathy Randels traveled
extensively—for the first time on her own—throughout the countries
of former Yugoslavia and the British Isles. Despite her innate desire
for adventure and the fullness of her experiences, Randels found
herself longing intensely for home. The End and Back Again, My
Friend explores that desire and longing which reside—conflicted—within
the human psyche.
A solo performance created in 1998 with composer and fellow ArtSpot
company member Sean LaRocca, The End and Back Again, My
Friend is a collision of texts from Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee
Williams, Homer's Odyssey, a Warrior's
Creed by an anonymous 14th century Samurai, Randels and others.
The guitar music for the piece features and repeatedly evokes Randels'
beautiful original song Penelope, but also draws on traditional
Balkan folk songs, Meredith Monk, and the blues. In The End and Back Again, My
Friend, mythical figures
meet modern humans in a search for home and country, belonging and