“140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother” is a theatrical solo performance written and performed by Susan Lieu, a first-generation American born to Vietnamese refugees. “140 LBS” is the true story of how Susan’s mother went in for plastic surgery and died due to medical malpractice. At the time of her mother’s death, Susan was 11 years old.
The performance weaves together several through-lines: the multi-generational immigrant experience; body insecurity and shame; repression and subsequent examination of personal loss; and lack of accountability in the medical system; Vietnamese folkloric practice of spirit channeling.
The World Premiere was held in Seattle February 2019 with a sold-out run. Susan self-produced a nearly sold-out 10-city National Tour in 2019 with accolades from NBC News, Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Washington Post, American Theatre, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Seattle Times. This event will be a screening of a pre-recorded performance followed by a live Q&A with the artist.