Theatre Seven of Chicago & Stage Left Theatre to Remount PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE, 7/17-8/17

May 22
1:11 PM 2014
Theatre Seven of Chicago & Stage Left Theatre to Remount PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE, 7/17-8/17

Theatre Seven of Chicago and Stage Left Theatre announce a remount of their recent hit world premiere of Principal Principle, written by Theatre Seven Associate Artist Joe Zarrow and directed by Stage Left Ensemble Member Scott Bishop. Popular demand for Principal Principle made it the best-selling show in Theatre Seven's eight year history and the best-selling Stage Left show in over a decade. The remount will feature the original cast and will run from July 17, 2014 until August 17, 2014.

Armed with her dreams of changing the world and eight weeks of training, Kay quits her corporate job to teach English in a Chicago public high school. She arrives to find that the copy machine, the system, and the spirits of her fellow teachers are all broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue, Principal Principle is a world premiere by playwright and former CPS teacher Joe Zarrow that takes a peek at the politics behind the closed doors of the teachers' lounge

Principal Principle is based on playwright Joe Zarrow's personal experience as a Chicago Public School teacher for five years. The script was developed in part at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre under the artistic direction of Lowry Marshall and Ken Prestininzi in the summer of 2012. It also received a reading as part of Theater Seven of Chicago's monthly Shikaakwa Series.

Ultimately, Principal Principle explores the question: how does a teacher succeed within a broken system? Many of the specific issues the script raises are directly related to ongoing debates surrounding the state of Chicago Public Schools. Some of these issues led to the strikes in the fall of 2012. By teaming together to present this timely and relevant story, Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Seven of Chicago hope to create not only a piece of entertainment, but a forum for this ongoing debate. To that end, as they did with the original run, the companies will continue to offer a series of post-show discussions with artists from the production, local education professionals or other Chicago residents with a distinctive perspective on the questions raised by the production.

Principal Principle runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm from 7/17/14 through 8/17/14. Tickets are $20-$32 and will be available through the Theater Wit box office either online at or by calling 773-975-8150. Principal Principle will be performed at Theater Wit at 1229 W. Belmont in Chicago. The theater is handicapped and CTA accessible via the Belmont El (Red & Brown).

Media comps, photos, videos and interviews are available by contacting Vance Smith at 773.883.8830 (office) or Hi-res photos, this release and archived releases and photos are available at


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