Born With Teeth

University, Community & Pro


by Liz Duffy Adams
ISBN: 978-1-63852-199-0

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 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.

“Oh Jesus bless us, he is born with teeth! And so I was, which plainly signified that I should snarl and bite, play the dog.”

—Henry VI, Part 3, Shakespeare & Marlowe

Casting & Production


WILL: 27-29

KIT: 27 – 29

Note on style:
Iconoclastic, punk-edged; aggressive pacing.

A private back room in a London tavern. The main thing is a long wooden table that they write at, lie on, fight on; it’s their stage, their game board, their field of battle.
Part 1: Winter 1591
Part 2: Summer 1592
Part 3: May 1593