Guthrie Theater presents the Alley Theater production of BORN WITH TEETH in March 2023

The Guthrie Theater presents Born With Teeth by Liz Duffy Adams directed by Rob Melrose following its critically acclaimed world premiere at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theater in Houston, Texas. Born With Teeth concludes the theater’s 2022-2023 subscription season, which celebrates 60 years of artistic excellence.

Born With Teeth will perform on the McGuire Proscenium Stage from March 4th to April 2nd, 2023. Tickets are available through a 2022-2023 season subscription (packages start at $90). To become a subscriber, contact the Season Ticket Office at 612.225.6238, 1.877.997.3276 (toll free) or online at Individual tickets range from $20 to $94 and go on sale November 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

Artistic Director Joseph Haj said: “I had the great pleasure of attending the world premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ brilliant play at the Alley Theater last spring and I am thrilled to be bringing the production to the Guthrie in 2023. Born With Teeth clever invites audiences to witness the intimate, provocative relationship between two of English literature’s greatest writers – Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. This entertaining and intellectually engaging encounter of spirits will delight theatergoers and will be an ideal accompaniment to our production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.”

Set in 1590s London, Born With Teeth depicts a world of an aging authoritarian ruler, a violent police state and a restless, polarized people seething with paranoia: these are a dangerous time for poets. Two of them – the great Kit Marlowe and the up-and-coming William Shakespeare – meet in the back room of a pub to work together on a history play cycle, cope with the dangers of art under a totalitarian regime and how young men lose to flirting with everything. One of them may well be the death of the other.

Born With Teeth was developed in Alley Theater’s All New Reading Series and had its world premiere on the Alley stage in May 2022. Rob Melrose, who currently serves as Alley’s Artistic Director, is returning to Guthrie after overseeing the 2018 production of Frankenstein: Playing with Fire. The Born With Teeth creative team includes Michael Locher (scene designer), Alejo Vietti (costume designer), Carolina Ortiz Herrera (lighting designer), and Cliff Caruthers (music and sound designer).

Alley Theater is one of America’s premier non-profit theaters and a nationally recognized performing arts company led by Artistic Director Rob Melrose and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. The Alley is committed to the development and production of theaters as diverse as the Houston community. The Alley produces up to 11 plays and nearly 400 performances each season, ranging from the best of current works and classic plays to new plays by contemporary authors. Home to a full-time resident group of actors and skilled artisans in all theatrical trades, The Alley engages artists of all disciplines – actors, directors, designers, composers, playwrights – who work as guest artists on individual productions during each season.

The Alley Theater performs at the Meredith J. Long Theater Center with two state-of-the-art theaters: the 774-seat Hubbard Theater and the 296-seat Neuhaus Theater. The Alley reaches over 200,000 people each year through its performance, education and community engagement programs.


(Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) is an American theatrical performance center in Minneapolis, Minnesota dedicated to producing a blend of classical and contemporary plays and nurturing the next generation of theater artists. Under Haj’s leadership, Guthrie is guided by four core values: artistic excellence; community; equity, diversity and inclusion; and tax responsibility. Since its inception in 1963, the theater has continued to set a national standard for excellence in the field and serves as a vital cultural resource for the people of Minnesota. The Guthrie is home to three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, restaurants and dramatic public spaces.

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