“The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.” -Ibsen
When I was a teenager, I read all of Henrik Ibsen’s plays. For some reason, I remember seeing Steve McQueen on Broadway in Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, but when I googled it, it said McQueen was only in the movie. (If you click onto “movie,” you’ll enjoy a clip from the movie with a good monologue by McQueen.) I know I’ve seen a live production! Henrik Ibsen was a man who truly stood alone, he spoke out on issues of the day through his plays. An Enemy of the People highlighted pollution. A Doll’s House highlighted women’s rights and a woman’s choice of staying married/striking out on her own and so much more. And…who can forget Hedda Gabler? Oh well…On this day, 2/24/13 in 1876, Ibsen’s play, Peer Gynt opened in Oslo. Henrik Ibsen’s plays are relevant today, check them out online or at your local library! Ibsen demonstrated the role of freedom and was compelled to speak his mind and didn’t seek admiration or agreement, just freedom.