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140 LBS


  • Theatre Off Jackson 409 7th Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)

This February, Nasus Media, produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson, presents the world premier of Susan Lieu’s autobiographical solo show, 140 LBS.

Susan was 11 years old when her mother died of plastic surgery malpractice. 18 years and two Ivy League degrees later, she’s finally ready to avenge her mother’s death.

Two hours into surgery, Susans 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 killers family, Susan uncovers the painful truth of her mother, herself, and the impossible ideal of Vietnamese feminine beauty.

Written and performed by Susan Lieu, 140 LBS is directed by Sara Porkalob with lighting design by Emily Leong and sound design by Erin Bednarz. Co-produced by Nasus Media and Theatre Off Jackson. Supported with metta by STG and 4Culture.

Click HERE to buy tickets!

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