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91st General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish to express their sincere condolences to
 4    the family and friends of Michael Maggio, who recently passed
 5    away; and

 6        WHEREAS, Michael Maggio was born and raised  in  Chicago;
 7    he  attended  Holy  Cross  High  School and studied at DePaul
 8    University  before  he  transferred  to  the  University   of
 9    Arizona,  where  he  received both undergraduate and graduate
10    degrees in theater; and

11        WHEREAS, Michael Maggio returned to Chicago and  directed
12    his  first musical "Fiddler on the Roof" for SCT Productions;
13    he  was  recognized  as  a  hot,  young  director  after  his
14    production of "Candide" for SCT Productions in 1977; and

15        WHEREAS, Michael Maggio went on to  work  full-time  with
16    the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, Wisdom Bridge
17    and   Remains  Theatres,  and  the  Woodstock  Music  Theatre
18    Festival; he was artistic director of Northlight  Theatre  in
19    Evanston  from 1984 to 1987; his 1985 production of "The Real
20    Thing"  by  Tom  Stoppard  established  him  as  a   premiere
21    interpreter of plays by Mr. Stoppard; and

22        WHEREAS,  In  1977  he  produced  his  first  show at the
23    Goodman Theatre, "Cyrano de Bergerac";  he  was  appointed  a
24    Goodman  associate  artistic director in 1987; in 1993 he won
25    Jeff Awards for direction of a new musical,  "Wings",  and  a
26    new  drama,  "Black  Snow"; his last play for Goodman Theatre
27    was the direction  of  "Boy  Gets  Girl",  which  was  to  be
28    restaged  next year at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York
29    City; and

30        WHEREAS,  His  additional  credits   include   the   Jeff
31    Award-winning  musical  "A  Little  Night  Music", as well as
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 1    productions for the New York  Shakespeare  Festival,  Guthrie
 2    Theatre  in  Minneapolis,  Seattle  Repertory Theatre, Actors
 3    Theatre of Louisville,  Arizona  Theatre  Company,  Cleveland
 4    Playhouse, and Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Michael Maggio also worked as a teacher at both
 6    Columbia College and DePaul University; he was appointed dean
 7    of the Theatre School at DePaul in 1999 and directed  several
 8    student productions; and

 9        WHEREAS,  The  passing  of  Michael Maggio will be deeply
10    felt by all who knew him, especially his wife, Rachel  Kraft;
11    his  son,  Ben;  his parents, Carlo and Genevieve Maggio; his
12    sister, Dona, and his brother-in-law, Thomas Will; therefore,
13    be it

16    we mourn, along with all who knew and loved him, the  passing
17    of Michael Maggio of Chicago, Illinois; and be it further

18        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
19    presented to the family of Michael Maggio.

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