Tiger Beat

Tiger Beat follows the Girls Next Door, a pop group rising to fame in 2003 pop music. As the band juggles choreography, awards shows, and crushes on teen heartthrobs, Asian American singer/songwriter Tess navigates her identity within the framework of the entertainment industry. This play with music ​is a coming of age story about pop stardom, questionable 2003 fashion choices, and finding one's identity through art.
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Tiger Beat

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    23 Aug. 2021
    A journey in time through pop culture, fashion choices and how art shapes one's identity. Well done.
  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett:
    11 Aug. 2021
    TIGER BEAT is as much a wonderful nostalgic romp through the early 2000's as it is a searing critique of the way that we continue to create art to this day. Hearing this play read aloud I laughed, I cried, and I dare anyone to not get the very catchy song, "Girls Next Door", stuck in their head. This is a masterful work of art and I sincerely hope it receives productions across the country.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    23 May. 2021
    Such a dynamic piece with a propulsive narrative thread. It weaves together various aesthetic sensibilities into a coherent whole. The intersectional exploration of celebrity culture, pop music, and identity-driven double standards in the entertainment industry is powerful sharp. The genre-bending meta-turn in the last quarter of the piece is surprising and potent. The poignant coda of Tess' song is a perfect ending. I hope to see this onstage so soon!

Character Information

  • Vivian
    late 20s,
    Asian American
    Tess’s sister and manager. Asian American. Tough cookie.
  • Tess
    18ish,
    Asian American
    Asian American, opinionated, bright-eyed, optimistic. Usually in the background of GND. Singing role.
  • Poppy
    18ish,
    White
    Second fiddle to Ashley in Girls Next Door, obsessed with chemistry, white. Singing role.
  • Mr. Johansson et al
    30-60,
    White
    executive for the Network. White. Actor also plays Choreographer, Reporter(s), Emcee et al
  • Mr. Johansson et al
    30-60,
    White
    executive for the Network. White. Actor also plays Choreographer, Reporter(s), Emcee et al
  • JP
    18ish,
    White
    the biggest male pop star to get a start on the Network. White. Singing role.
  • Ashley
    18ish,
    White
    Lead singer of Girls Next Door. White with a deep spray tan. Queer. Singing role.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Indiana University
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Indiana University
    ,
    2020