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Born With Teeth

Born With Teeth

About The Show


FEB 9 – MARCH 29, 2024

Previews: Feb 7–8


Run Time: 90 Minutes


By Liz Duffy Adams

Directed by Rob Melrose


Grab a drink with William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe as you get an inside peek at the tumultuous relationship of two of history’s greatest playwrights, each harboring momentous secrets. Fresh off critically acclaimed world premiere runs at the Alley Theatre and Guthrie Theatre, Born With Teeth will plunge you into the palace intrigue, high stakes spy craft, and cutthroat betrayals of a ruthlessly ambitious age that is surprisingly like our own. Be among the first in the nation to watch this delicious, sexy, and award- winning new play that offers an alternate perspective on the history we think we know.


This production contains subject matter that may be deemed inappropriate for persons under the age of 18. In compliance with Florida law, no persons under the age of 18 will be admitted.  We look forward to welcoming the appropriate age groups to future productions.



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BORN WITH TEETH received a reading and the world premiere production at the Alley Theatre, Houston, TX 
Rob Melrose, Artistic Director | Dean R. Gladden, Managing Director

BORN WITH TEETH is presented through special arrangement with TRW PLAYS 1180 Avenue of the Amercias, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.trwplays.com

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Creative Team Bios

Liz Duffy Adams (Playwright) Liz Duffy Adams’ Born With Teeth premiered at the Alley Theater in 2022 and moved to the Guthrie Theater in 2023; it received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and Houston Theater Awards’ Best Play/Production and Best New Play, and was a Steinberg-ATCA New Play Award finalist. Her Neo-Restoration comedy Or, premiered Off Broadway at WP Theater and has been produced over 80 times since, including at Magic Theater and Seattle Rep. She’s a New Dramatists alumna; other honors include a Lillian Hellman Award, Women of Achievement Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and a Will Glickman Award for Best New Play for her post-apocalyptic vaudeville Dog Act. More including links to her plays at www.lizduffyadams.com

Cliff Caruthers (Sound Design and Original Compositions) Cliff is a West Coast based sound designer and composer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of theatre sound design. He has created music and soundscapes for over 300 productions near and far, including Troilus and Cressida for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Frankenstein at Guthrie Theatre, 1984 at Alley Theatre, Caucasian Chalk Circle for American Conservatory Theater, TRAGEDY: A Tragedy for Berkeley Repertory Theater, Man in Love for Kansas City Rep, and A Clean House for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, where he was Resident Sound Designer for seven years. Mr. Caruthers is co-curator and technical director of the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, teaches sound design at San Francisco State University, and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists.

Anna Crace She/Her (Assistant Director) Director: Dragons Love Tacos: The Musical (STC); The Girl On The Train (Lyric Arts); Geminae (The Southern Theater); The Daughter Abroad (Theatre503); This Wall (English Theatre Berlin); you/me/tomorrow (Apiary Studios); Stranded (National Youth Theatre). Associate* & Assistant Director: Born With Teeth* (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream* (Filter Theatre, U.K. Tour); Born With Teeth (Guthrie Theater), Twelfth Night (Guthrie Theater), Small Mouth Sounds (Jungle Theater); The Seagull, The Plough and the Stars, Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). Dramaturg: Vietgone (Guthrie Theater), A Different Pond (STC), Raymie Nightingale (STC), A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater).

Michael Locher He/Him (Scenic Design) Michael is pleased to make his Asolo Rep debut with Born With Teeth. Recent regional credits include productions for the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Yale Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre and Houston’s Alley Theatre, where he serves as the Director of Design. Michael’s designs have been seen Off-Broadway and at venues throughout New York and the Northeast. Michael served as a professor at San Jose State University for six years and works as an illustrator and graphic designer specializing in work for the performing arts. Graduate: University of California San Diego, Yale School of Drama.

Rob Melrose (Director) Rob is the Artistic Director of the Alley Theatre in where he has directed The Winter’s Tale,1984, Murder on the Orient Express, Sweat, the world premiere of Born With Teeth, as well as his adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and his translation of The Servant of Two Masters. He has directed at The Public Theater (Pericles, Prince of Tyre), The Guthrie Theater (Born With Teeth, Frankenstein, Happy Days, Freud’s Last Session, Pen, Julius Caesar - with the Acting Company); The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressida – in association with the Public Theater); Magic Theatre (An Accident, world premiere); and The Old Globe (Much Ado About Nothing); PlayMakers Rep (Happy Days). He was previously the Founding Artistic Director of The Cutting Ball Theater.

MCCORKLE CASTING LTD.; PAT MCCORKLE, CSA (New York Casting) Pat McCorkle and McCorkle Casting continue to strive for inclusivity and social awareness during thier 35 year history in casting. Broadway: Over 50 productions including: On The Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, A Few Good Men. etc. Off-Broadway, Over 60 productions, Highlights: Tribes, Our Town, Driving Miss Daisy. Regional Theatre: Guthrie, Barrington Stage, George Street Playhouse, hundreds of other regional theatres. Feature films: Currently working on 6 films. Previous projects: “Premium Rush,” “Ghost Town,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Die Hard with a Vengeance” etc. Television: 2 new films for Hallmark, “Twisted,” humans for “Sesame Street,” “Californication”(Emmy Nomination), “Chappelle’s Show,” “Strangers with Candy” etc.

Carolina Ortiz Herrera (Lighting Design) Carolina is a Mexican-born and New York-based Lighting Designer for theater, opera, and dance. Broadway: Good Night, Oscar (Belasco & Goodman Theatre); Regional: American Mariachi (Alley Theatre & Arizona Theatre Company); Born With Teeth (Guthrie & Alley Theatre); Native Gardens (Dallas Theatre Center); Everything Rises (BAM & Royce Hall); All’s Well That Ends Well (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre); Doubt: A Parable & 4000 Miles (Westport Country Playhouse); Macbeth (Merrimack Theatre Repertory); Yellowman, an Audelco Awards Best Lighting Design nominee (Billie Holiday Theatre); Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (Minneapolis Opera); and Florencia en el Amazonas (Shubert Theatre). Member of USA Local 829.Graduate of Yale School of Drama. www.carolinaeortiz.com

Nia Sciarretta She/Her (Production Stage Manager) Selected Asolo Rep credits include PSM for Crazy for You, KnoxvilleCabaret, Man of La Mancha, Silent Sky, Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, The Great Leap, The Sound of Music, Into the Breeches, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, Sweat, Shakespeare in Love, Roe, and the 2020-21 Terrace Stage season, as well as Assistant Stage Manager for Rhinoceros, Guys & Dolls, All the Way, South Pacific, and Hero: The Musical. Previous of-Broadway credits include work on Jesus Hopped the A Train, In the Blood, and The Wayside Motor Inn at the Signature Theatre. Nia has also worked with Creede Repertory Theatre, the Hangar Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Flea Theatre, and Penguin Rep. Member of AEA.

Jocelyn Thompson (Stage Manager) Alley Theatre: Pictures from Home, Edward Albee’s Seascape, Born with Teeth;  North Carolina Theatre: The Color Purple; Guthrie Theatre: Born with Teeth; American Shakespeare Center: Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Passover, Much Ado About Nothing; Virginia Repertory Theatre: The Wiz, Airline Highway, West Side Story, Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Once; Cutting Ball Theater: Marcus Gardley’s ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, Ubu Roi, The Chairs; Jocelyn has also worked at Brava for Women in the Arts, Shotgun Players, Portland Center Stage, Richmond Shakespeare, and Magic Theatre. Training: Howard University. Member of AEA. 

Alejo Vietti He/Him (Costume Design) Originally from Argentina. New York: Broadway’s Allegiance (Drama Desk Nomination), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - (also West End - Olivier Nomination, National Tour, Australia and Japan) and Holiday Inn, as well as well as works for the Radio City Rockettes, Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC Center Encores!, Atlantic Theatre Company, NYC Opera, Primary Stages, and MCC, among others. Has also extensively designed for regional Theatres across the U.S., commercial projects, and dance. Other credits: Titanique (Lucille Lortel Award), Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Japan, Germany and Austria, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, Donesk Opera (Ukraine), Colorado Ballet, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Recipient of the 2010 TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. @alejo_vietti_costume_design


Cast Bios

Matthew Amendt He/Him (Kit) Matthew has appeared on screens and stages across the US and internationally. Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet. Off-Broadway: Dracula (title role at Classic Stage), Coriolanus, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Red Bull), Julius Caesar, Tamburlaine the Great, Much Ado About Nothing (TFANA), Henry V in the title role (The Acting Company and Guthrie); The Subject Was Roses, The Misanthrope (Pearl).  Regional: 13 productions at the Guthrie, La Jolla, Shakespeare Theatre Co., Alley, Seattle Rep., Pittsburgh Public, HVSF, Westport, and others. Awards: Presidential Scholar, Ivey Award, Emery Battis Award for Acting, Best Production-- Leading Man Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Hamlet, Best Actors – Houston Press.

Dylan Godwin He/Him (Will) Dylan is a Resident Acting Company Member at the Alley Theatre in Houston Texas.  Recent Credits include: Little Comedies, World premiere with Richard Nelson (Aplombov); Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Ralph Paton); The Servant of Two Masters (Silvio); Clue (Wadsworth); and Born With Teeth (Will) at both the Alley and Guthrie Theatre, Fully Committed (Sam); Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew); The Winter’s Tale (Clowne); Picasso at the Lapine Agile (Einstein); National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof. Miller, Mississippi( DallasTheatreCenter); Beauty and the Beast, 110 in the Shade, Reefer Madness, The Music Man, First Date, Bonnie and Clyde, Oliver, Sweet Potato Queens (Theatre Under the Stars); Life Could Be A Dream, AltarBoyz (Stages). Love to ZH.

Alex Hatcher (u/s Kit) Alex is a current MFA Acting candidate at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and is thrilled to be making his Asolo Rep debut this season! He holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University with a concentration in Musical Theater and Dance. Favorite stage credits include West Side Story (Milwaukee Rep), 1776 (New Rep), Hamlet (LAMDA), and Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (BU). Alexanderhatcher.com

Will Westray He/Him (u/s Will) Will is grateful to be in his first year at the FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Most of his training and professional experiences have been in the DC area and NYC. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and is a proud DMV native. He looks forward to continuing this new chapter with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, following his first role as understudy in Inherit the Wind.