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Andy Starnes - Post-Gazette

Good things come to those who wait.

And the wait for a Downtown home for the Public Theater hasn’t been a short one.

The Public had long considered its North Side home at the Hazlett Theater temporary quarters. But it wasn’t until 1989, when the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust began its long-range planning, that the concept for the theater began to take shape.

The original idea was to place the theater in an office building on the block of Penn where the O’Reilly Theater now sits. After he was selected in 1992 as the theater’s architect, Michael Graves separated the two projects and, in the end, the office tower was never built.

Finally in 1997, ground was broken for the Public’s new home -- the O’Reilly Theater. And now, as the calendar marks a series of endings, Downtown marks the beginning of what is expected to be a long theatrical tradition.

Here's a special Post-Gazette package that reviews the Public's past at the Hazlett Theater and previews its future at the O'Reilly, with a special look at playwright August Wilson, whose "King Hedley II" will open the new theater.

dot.gif (78 bytes)O'Reilly Theater: The theater is an elegant reflection of its architect -- Michael Graves
dot.gif (78 bytes)Another diamond in the district
dot.gif (78 bytes)Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Timeline
dot.gif (78 bytes)Triumphant triumvirate
dot.gif (78 bytes)Public 'pioneer' happy with her longtime behind-the-scenes role
dot.gif (78 bytes)Patrons reflect on a quarter-century
dot.gif (78 bytes)Playwrights and directors
dot.gif (78 bytes)Not-so-hazy Hazlett memories
dot.gif (78 bytes)Bouquets and brickbats
dot.gif (78 bytes)A parade of famous faces
dot.gif (78 bytes)A Public Theater Timeline
dot.gif (78 bytes)Wilson again proves home is where the art is
dot.gif (78 bytes)Charting 20th-century black America



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