PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE

Armed only with her dreams of making the world a better place and six weeks of training, Kay Josephs quits her corporate job to teach English in an urban high school. She wakes up to harsh realities: the copy machine is broken, the system is broken, and the spirits of her fellow teachers are broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue.

"★★★★ This clear-eyed glimpse into the...
Armed only with her dreams of making the world a better place and six weeks of training, Kay Josephs quits her corporate job to teach English in an urban high school. She wakes up to harsh realities: the copy machine is broken, the system is broken, and the spirits of her fellow teachers are broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue.

"★★★★ This clear-eyed glimpse into the teachers' lounge makes hearty laughs part of an all too relevant lesson plan." - Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

"There are very few excellent plays about public education. This is one." - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"Former public school teacher Joe Zarrow achieves something remarkable...an entertaining play about education that re-creates all the quirks and craziness of modern education without lapsing into either cynical hopelessness or Hollywood-style superteacher fantasies. His dialogue feels authentic, and his characters are flawed but likable human beings, not mouthpieces for this or that ideology." - Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

"Engaging, intelligent, and important. Highly recommended." - Peter Thomas Ricci, Chicago Theater Review
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PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE

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  • Hallie Palladino:
    22 Sep. 2017
    Principal Principle is a smart, funny and important story about the challenges facing public school teachers. The seasoned teachers in the room have Kay's number the moment she steps in the door. But the changes in Kay surprise even her. A play about the realities of educational policy in action and what happens when ideals collide with reality. Zarrow succeeds in making everyone feel implicated.
  • Skye Robinson Hillis:
    18 Sep. 2017
    I truly love this play.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Mirror Stage
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Theatre Seven of Chicago
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    Acadiana Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2012
  • Workshop
    ,
    Brown/Trinity Summer Playwrights Rep
    ,
    2012

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Fontbonne University Theatre (St Louis, MO)
    ,
    2018
  • High School
    ,
    Cedar Hill High School - Cedar Hill, TX
    ,
    2018
  • University
    ,
    Wesleyan College (Macon, GA)
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Dolphin Theatre (Auckland, NZ)
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Seven of Chicago
    ,
    2014

Awards

Nominated for Best New Work
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Joseph Jefferson Awards
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2015