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Event Series Event Series: Born With Teeth

Born With Teeth

April 6 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

An aging ruler, an oppressive police state, 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 Will 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.

Age Recommendation: 13+ for adult language and themes

Children under 5 are not permitted.

Born With Teeth turns history on its ear when an electrifying rendezvous between two of the greatest writers of their time – the enigmatic Kit Marlowe at the height of his fame and the upstart crow Will Shakespeare – creates sparks that would shock even their own mothers. In this rip-roaring new play, the two meet in the back room of a pub to collaborate on a new history-play cycle and make startling discoveries about themselves and each other, all while navigating the perils of creating art under a totalitarian regime and flirting like young men with everything to lose.

Developed at the “Alley All New Festival,” Born With Teeth had its world premiere at Houston’s Alley Theatre in May 2022, then on to a successful run at the Guthrie Theatre Spring 2023 under the direction of Alley Theatre Artistic Director Rob Melrose.

The cast of Born With Teeth features Bailey Ellis as Will Shakespeare and Ismael Soto III as Kit Marlowe

April 5 – 28, 2024

Thursday-Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday, April 7 and 28 at 2pm
Sunday, April 14 and 21 at 5pm


April 6
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Austin Playhouse
405 W 22nd St, Bldg 4000
Austin, TX 78705 United States
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