140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother
Susan's mother dies from plastic surgery malpractice when Susan was 11 years old. Nineteen years later, Susan reaches out to the killer's family -- uncovering the painful truth of her mother, herself, and the impossible ideal of Vietnamese feminine beauty.
Susan Lieu, Playwright & Performer
Susan Lieu is a Vietnamese-American activist playwright and performer who tells stories that refuse to be forgotten. With a vision for individual and community healing—made possible through the interplay of comedy and drama—her work delves deeply into the lived realities of body insecurity, grieving, and trauma. Her first work, 140 LBS: HOW BEAUTY KILLED MY MOTHER, is a solo theatrical show about the true story of how Lieu lost her mother to plastic surgery malpractice when she was 11 years old and her search to find the man responsible for her mother's death. Lieu plays 11 characters in 75 minutes, weaving the story through the lens of the Vietnamese refugee experience. She has been featured at CAAMFest37, The Moth Mainstage, and RISK! Susan is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Management.
Sara Porkalob, Director
Sara Porkalob is an award winning artist-activist and creator of the DRAGON CYCLE. She’s based in Seattle but will very soon be working all over the nation. She’s featured in Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2018, City Art’s 2017 Futures List, and served as Intiman Theatre's 2017 Co-Curator. She is a co-founder of DeConstruct, an online journal of intersectional performance critique. The DRAGON CYCLE is a trilogy of plays about the three generations of her family; one play for each generation built around a central female protagonist. The first in the cycle, Dragon Lady (a two act cabaret with original music focused on her gangster/nightclub singer Grandma), is the recipient of three 2018 Gregory Awards for Outstanding Sound/Music Design, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and Outstanding Musical Production.
Oct. 18, 2019, 12:30 a.m. to Oct. 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Location: 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003