Michael Bryant (pictured here in The Tempest) in Brand at the National Theater.
"Our first night in London my high school drama group saw Ibsen's Brand at the National, and I was transported by the production and felt like I was vibrating with the excitement and awe after the final avalanche scene. I waited so long at the stage door that the doorman took pity on me and rang up to Michael Bryant's room so that I could mumble my 'thanks for an unforgettable theatrical experience' or something like that. And, I couldn't believe the voice I'd heard bellowing from Brand was now kindly thanking me on the phone. I understood something for the first time about great actors and the people they are. I walked home alone (the rest of my class long gone) across the Thames to our hotel feeling so grown up and like I had perhaps found my place in the world...a whole new world."