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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  • 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!
  • Playwrights Foundation:
    3 May. 2021
    Playwrights Foundation highly recommends TIGER BEAT, which excelled to the Finalist round (top 35) for the 44th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival out of 755 plays. Our community of readers felt this play best represented the mission of our festival. The work engaged us, inspired us, moved us, and was an outstanding example of transformative storytelling. Our local Bay Area Literary Council commends TIGER BEAT as a compelling, relevant, cathartic new work which should be produced now. Congratulations! #BAPF2021
  • Cat Ferris:
    29 Jul. 2020
    Tiger Beat is a piece full of energy and personality. Great all around, and loads of fun!

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