Garvin

Garvin

Mountain View native Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin’s play “Tiger Beat” is featured in the 2021 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, scheduled virtually through Sunday.

“Tiger Beat” is among five new plays presented as readings at the festival. The others include “Real Time remix” by Jaisey Bates, “Human Museum” by Miyoko Conley, “Supposed Home” by Sam Hamashima and “The Problem with Magic, Is” by Johnny G. Lloyd.

The festival received more than 750 applications, according to organizers.

“Tiger Beat” is slated to be streamed 5:30 p.m. Friday. The play chronicles the story of a girls pop group, Girls Next Door, as it rises to fame in the early 2000s. The group’s Asian-American songwriter Tess finally gets a chance to sing lead, but the opportunity comes at what cost?

Garvin, a graduate of Mountain View High School, is a 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist and 2021 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and Kendeda Playwriting Award finalist. She is the recipient of six Kennedy Center awards, including the Mark Twain Comic Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Awards.

Streaming access for each play reading is offered on a sliding scale ($5-$20). All-access passes are also sold on a sliding scale ($25-$175) and include streaming of all readings, as well as an invitation to all events – including in-person gatherings.

For tickets, times and more information, call (415) 626-2176 or visit playwrightsfoundation.org.