140 lbs: How Beauty Killed My Mother


The Den Theatre


November 14, 2019
7:30 pm
8:45 pm
November 17, 2019
7:30 pm
8:45 pm

Two hours into surgery, Susan's mother loses oxygen to her brain and the plastic surgeon deliberately does not call 9-1-1 for fourteen minutes. Five days later, while in a coma, she flatlines. The surgeon is charged with medical negligence and her family falls apart; no one talks about what happened. Nineteen years later on her wedding day, Susan's mother's seat sits empty and Susan realizes she can no longer ignore what she's always wanted: to know who her mother was. Sifting through thousands of deposition pages and reaching out to the killer's family, Susan uncovers the painful truth of her mother, herself, and the impossible ideal of Vietnamese feminine beauty.

Theatrical, autobiographical solo dramedy, 75 minutes, no intermission.  

Written & Performed by Susan Lieu.  Directed by Sara Porkalob.  140 LBS has been featured on NPR, The San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7 News, CAAMFest 37, RISK! and The Moth Mainstage.

Nov 14-17 // The Den Theatre
Thursday, November 14, 7:30pm
Friday, November 15, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 17, 3:00pm

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