The Guthrie Theater presents an Alley Theatre production of

Born With Teeth

directed by ROB MELROSE
McGuire Proscenium Stage

A quick-witted faceoff

An aging authoritarian ruler, a violent police state and a restless, polarized people seething with paranoia: It’s a dangerous time for poets. Two of them — the great Kit Marlowe and the up-and-comer William Shakespeare — meet in the back room of a pub to collaborate on a history play cycle, navigate the perils of art under a totalitarian regime and flirt like young men with everything to lose. One of them may well be the death of the other.

Three things to know

  • Born With Teeth was developed at the Alley Theatre as part of their All New Reading Series and had its world premiere on the Alley stage in May 2022. The play depicts a fictional faceoff between playwrights Christopher “Kit” Marlowe and William Shakespeare.
  • Director Rob Melrose, who currently serves as Artistic Director at the Alley Theatre, returns to the Guthrie after helming the 2018 production of Frankenstein – Playing With Fire.
  • Born With Teeth cleverly invites the audience to witness the intimate, provocative relationship between two of the greatest writers in English literature — Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. Both entertaining and intellectually engaging, this imagined meeting of the minds will delight theatergoers and be an ideal companion to our production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

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Prices range from $20 to $80.

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Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes (no intermission)

Venue info

Born With Teeth will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

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Content advisory 

This production contains mature themes, strong language, sexual/suggestive content and the use of fog. Call the Box Office for more information. 


Health and safety

As COVID-19 prevention efforts continue to evolve, we are adjusting our health and safety policies as needed. Effective immediately, masks are required for all Sunday performances. Masks are encouraged but not required for all Tuesday – Saturday performances. Proof of vaccination is not required to see a performance at the Guthrie.



ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Matthew Amendt


Dylan C. Godwin


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Creative Team

Liz Duffy Adams


Rob Melrose


Michael Locher

Scenic Designer

Alejo Vietti

Costume Designer

Carolina Ortiz Herrera

Lighting Designer

Cliff Caruthers

Sound Designer/Composer

Aaron Preusse

Fight Director

Jocelyn A. Thompson

Stage Manager

Lyndsey R. Harter

Assistant Stage Manager

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Dylan Godwin and Matthew Amendt (Lynn Lane)

Matthew Amendt (Lynn Lane)

Dylan Godwin (Lynn Lane)

Matthew Amendt and Dylan Godwin (Lynn Lane)

Dylan Godwin and Matthew Amendt (Lynn Lane)

Matthew Amendt and Dylan Godwin (Lynn Lane)

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