Goodman’s Maggio dies at 49

Obie-award winning legit helmer known as prolific, supporting

CHICAGO — Michael Maggio, associate artistic director of Chicago’s Goodman Theater since 1987, died Saturday night in Chicago of complications from post-transplant lymphoma. Maggio, who received a double-lung transplant nine years ago as a treatment for cystic fibrosis, was 49.

One of Chicago’s most prolific and popular stage directors, Maggio was especially known for his support of new works.

“Michael never took a single day for granted,” Goodman artistic director Robert Falls said. “He approached his work with extraordinary vigor and joy.”

Prior to Maggio’s appointment at the Goodman, he served as artistic director of both the Northlight Theater and Next Theater in Chicago’s northern suburbs. In 1999, he was also appointed dean of the Theater School of DePaul U. (formerly the Goodman School of Drama).

Among his 20 productions at the Goodman since 1980 was the 1992 world premiere of Arthur Kopit’s “Wings,” which transferred to the Public Theater and won Maggio an Obie Award. He was also known for his numerous collaborations with playwright Keith Reddin, including the world premieres of “Black Snow” and “All the Rage.”

Maggio also directed shows at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Cleveland Playhouse and the Seattle Repertory Theater. He was to have remounted his last Goodman production, Rebecca Gilman’s “Boy Gets Girl,” for the Manhattan Theater Club next year.

Maggio is survived by wife Rachel Kraft, his son and his parents. Funeral services take place today in Chicago; a memorial service will be held at the Goodman Theater on a date to be announced.