140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother


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; mental health stigma in the Vietnamese community; body insecurity and shame; repression and subsequent examination of personal loss; and lack of accountability in the medical system. 

This presentation is brought to you free of charge with the assistance from The Orange County Health Care Agency. To offer you these opportunities, the County requests that attendees fill out this anonymous surveyFilling out this survey allows Laguna Playhouse to continue to provide programming free of charge. There is no personal information being tracked, unless you submit your email to enter the drawing for a $50 gift card from Amazon. Survey should take 20 seconds. Thank you for your time, and commitment to the Laguna Playhouse.