Mark Rylance's first connection with Pittsburgh goes back to his Hamlet at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in 1991 (a production shared only with A.R.T. in Cambridge). He brought his Globe Theatre company here twice, in 2003 playing Olivia in "Twelfth Night" (as he now does on Broadway) and in 2005 playing the Duke in "Measure for Measure."
On the latter occasion, he wrote a Post-Gazette op ed piece on "Why Shakespeare Still Measures Up as Relevant." Along the way, Post-Gazette theater critic Christopher Rawson interviewed and reviewed him in London. And Mr. Rylance has long had plans to return to work on his play about two famous Pittsburghers, Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.
Here are links to some early Post-Gazette coverage:
Nov. 13, 2003: Review of "Twelfth Night"
Nov. 2, 2003: London, preview package of articles and interviews on Mr. Rylance, "Twelfth Night" and the Globe:
-- Main article
Dec. 9, 2005: Review of Rylance in "Measure for Measure"
Shakespeare's plays "ring me up and tell me news of the world. ... Their reflective nature immediately remarking upon events."
Dec. 4, 2005: Talking with Rylance about "Measure for Measure"