Now Open


Sat Apr 12th: 8pm

Sun Apr 13th: 3pm

Wed Apr 16th: 8pm

Thurs Apr 17th: 8pm


Opening Night

Fri Apr 18th: 8pm


Regular Run (Apr 19th -  May 18th)

Thursdays - Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 3pm



What Happens:

Armed with her dreams of changing the world and six 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.

Why Now?:

The Chicago Public Schools have been front and center in the local and national news for several years, and Principal Principle gives Theatre Seven the opportunity to tell a riveting story that also engages with one of the defining social questions of 21st century Chicago: how do we expect our teachers to succeed inside a broken system? For years, we've hoped to find a play that dealt with the challenges of the Chicago education system, and when we read Joe's play, we knew this was a story we wanted to tell. Developed at Brown/Trinity Playwriting Repertory and in our Shikaakwa Reading Series, Principal Principle is funny, thoughtful and provocative while asking important questions about teaching in Chicago. How do you do it? What does it take to be successful? How do you know when it's time to walk away?

Ticket Info:


Students & Seniors - $18

General Admission - $20

Regular Run

Students & Seniors - $18

General Admission - $25 (Thurs & Sun), $27 (Fri & Sat)

Buy tickets to any performance of Principal Principle here.

Joe Zarrow Playwright
T7 Credits: Lies & Liars (Ensemble), The Chicago Landmark Project (Edward - State & Madison: The Chicago Grid System), Principal Principle (Playwright), Shikaakwa: Principal Principle (Playwright), Shikaakwa: Swimming in the Shallows (Stage Directions)

Joe Zarrow has also performed with Adventure Stage, Collaboraction, Cabaret Vagabond, Pavement Group, and the State. T7’s Cassy Sanders directed Joe’s site-specific farce The Pigeons for Walkabout. Joe has performed his original solo shows Dead White Men in Bed and Hold Me, Drill Me, Kiss Me in Chicago, New York, Washington, Providence, and Winnipeg. 

updated september 2012
Scott Bishop Director

Scott Bishop (Director) is a proud member of the Stage Left Theatre Ensemble, where he has directed multiple productions including: Here Where It’s Safe, Open Book (LeapFest 10), Witches Vanish (LeapFest 9), The News All the Time (LeapFest 8), Safe (LeapFest 6)and the playwright residency of The Abacus.  Additional directing credits include: How Gertrude Stormed the Philosophers Club (Bailiwick Theatre), The Deer and the Antelope Play (Riverfront Theatre) and Arsenic and Old Lace (SummerPlace Theatre). Scott has also worked as an assistant director on productions at Victory Gardens Theatre, Griffin Theatre and South Coast Repertory. As a high school theatre director, he has directed productions of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestA Raisin In The Sun, and The Odd Couple among many others.  Scott holds an M.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University. Special thanks go out to his loving and supportive wife, Melissa, and two amazing kids, Juliette and Javi.

Cassy Sanders Performer
T7 Credits: Yes, This Really Happened to Me; We Live Here (Co-Director); Lies & Liars (Co-Director/Conceiver); Mimesophobia (Jessica); The Water Engine: An American Fable (Ensemble); The Chicago Landmark Project (Co-Coordinator, Co-Dramaturg); Exit, Pursued by a Bear; BlackTop Sky (Director)

Cassy is a Company Member of Theatre Seven, as well as a director, dramaturg, writer, and performer. Recent projects include Co-Directing Theatre Seven of Chicago’s We Live Here and directing Pavement Group’s MilkMilkLemonade. She is a company member of Theatre Seven of Chicago where she co-conceived / co- directed Lies & Liars and co-directed the 2008 summer hit Yes, This Really Happened to Me. Other Chicago directing credits include: The Pigeons (Walkabout Theater), Case of You (The Ruckus Theatre), 2nd Story (Serendipity Theatre Collective), My Future Ex-Boyfriend (Pavement Group), and Love, Valour and Technology (Live Bait’s Fillet of Solo). Cassy co-dramaturged for The Wooden Breeks, and Around the World in 80 Days at Lookinglass Theatre. Her short plays Lesson One and Chicago Summer premiered at The Steppenwolf Garage as part of the 7th and 8th Annual SKETCHBOOK Festivals with Collaboraction. At Collaboraction, Cassy served as Assistant Artistic Director for from 2007 - 2009. In February 2013, Cassy directed BlackTop Sky for Theatre Seven as part of the Steppenwolf Garage Rep. Cassy holds a BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts.

updated december 2012
Arya Daire Performer

Arya Daire (Ms Banerjee) is thrilled to be working with Theatre Seven and Stage Left. TV credits include Chicago Fire andA Christmas Carol - The Concert.  Chicago credits include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Much Ado About NothingDisconnect and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Arya attended Northwestern University and the University of Zurich. She send thanks to her loving family and friends for their unwavering support.

McKenzie Chinn Performer

McKenzie Chinn (Shelley Woods) is originally from Washington D.C. and started her career at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre and D.C.'s Studio Theatre. Since moving to Chicago she has worked with Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres, Victory Gardens, Pavement Group, Chicago Children's Theatre, Strawdog, Griffin, and Pine Box Theatre Companies. She most recently appeared in Saturday Night/Sunday Morning by Katori Hall as a part of Steppenwolf's Garage Rep, and is thrilled to be a part of this new work with Stage Left and Theatre Seven. She earned her MFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul.

Elana Elyce Performer

Elana Elyce (Ola) is excited to have this opportunity with Theatre Seven & Stage Left, two awesome theatre companies at once! Originally from Detroit, MI, Elana has been living and performing in Chicagoland since June 2007.   Recent projects include Nickel & Dimed with TangleKnot Theatre, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf with Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre,  her first one-woman show: Acceptable Plagiarism with MPAACT's Solo Jams series, and Lincoln Square Theatre's production of A Lesson Before Dying. She has also been seen with Second City's BrownCo, The House Theatre of Chicago, Next Theatre Company, Urban Theatre Company,  Stockyards Theatre Project and Strangeloop Theatre.   When not performing, Elana also directs, writes and coaches.  She thanks the women in the cast for their humor, patience and diligence. 


Barbara Roeder Harris Performer

Barbara Roeder Harris (Denise) is delighted to be working with Stage Left and Theatre Seven for the first time.  Recent appearances include ShawChicago's Pygmalion, Next Theatre’s Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, TimeLine Theatre's Enron, Signal Ensemble Theatre's Plainsong and Successors. She has also had the opportunity to work around town with other theater companies including 16th Street Theater, Victory Gardens, Marriott Theatre, Eclipse, and Apple Tree, among others.  She is grateful every day for the support of the ladies at Paonessa Talent Agency and her ever-lovin’ family.  

Joe Schermoly Scenic Designer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Scenic Designer)

Joe is so pleased to be working with Theatre Seven for the first time.  His design work has been seen around Chicago at Griffin Theatre where he is a company member (Punk Rock, Port, Constant Wife), Strawdog Theatre (Duchess of MalfiMaster and Margarita), Lifeline Theatre (The Count of Monte Cristo), Sideshow Theatre (IdomeneusThe Ugly One).  He has also designed and built shows in London for The Finborough, Bush and Gate theatres.  Joe studied set design at Northwestern University and is the Technical Director at Lifeline Theatre.  

updated october 2012


John Kohn III Lighting Designer
Brenda Winstead Costume Designer
T7 Credits: BlackTop Sky, American Storm, Killing WomenThe Water Engine, Boys & GirlsThe Sand CastleDiversey HarborCooperstownHunting & GatheringWe Live HereIn the Heart of AmericaExit, Pursued by a Bear (Costume Designer), The Chicago Landmark Project (Supervising Costume Designer)

Brenda Winstead loves Theatre Seven! She is a company member with T7 and has designed numerous shows there. Other Chicago area design credits include Making God Laugh, Guys and Dolls, The Wiz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Leading Ladies, The Producers, Hello Dolly and Fiddler on the Roof (Theatre at the Center); Ragtime (Drury Lane); It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Noble Fool); Kingsville (Stage Left); and The Price (Shattered Globe). Regional Credits include Born Yesterday, Rumors and Mousetrap (Peninsula Players); All Shook Up, High School Musical (Forestburgh Playhouse). Brenda holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. 

updated october 2012
Adam Smith Sound Designer
Cassy Schillo Props Designer

Cassy Schillo (Properties Designer) is delighted to rejoin Stage Left for this talented production. Since graduating with a theatrical BFA from UW­Whitewater, Cassy has worked in various theaters throughout the Midwest including Light Opera Works, Red Tape, Milwaukee Chamber, Florentine Opera, Porchlight, Marriott at Lincolnshire, Remy Bummpo,  Theater Wit, Drury Lane, (re)discovre, BoHo & Piccolo.  Catch more of her work currently on First Folio's Salvage.

Jason Crutchfield Stage Manager

Jason Crutchfield (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with Stage Left Theatre for the third time and Theatre Seven for the first time on this co-production. Past Stage Left credits include Warped andImpenetrable. Other recent Chicago stage management credits include: Fight Girl Battle Worldand Allotment Annie (both with InFusion Theatre Co.) and Jack's Precious Moment (Will Act for Food). Jason is originally from Baltimore, MD where he worked with numerous companies including Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and Centerstage. He is a proud graduate of Towson University, a Stage Left ensemble member, the company manager for InFusion Theatre Co., and in his free time enjoys food, music, and irony.

Emmaline Keddy-Hector Production Manager
T7 Credits: Unwilling and Hostile Instruments (Stage Manager)

Emmaline Keddy-Hector is working with Stage Left for the first time. Theatre Seven credits include Stage Manager for Unwilling and Hostile Instruments. Other Chicago credits include Animal Wrangler for Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Stage Manager for  Hansel und Gretel (The Building Stage) and Far Away (Winterfall Chicago). Emmaline is the Associate Production Manager at Chicago Children's Theatre, and spent two years as the Production Management Apprentice at Chicago Shakespeare. Emmaline is originally from Texas and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Drama and a minor in Hispanic Studies.

updated april 2014