May 20 2022
Momentum Festival: Susan Lieu presents: "140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother"

Momentum Festival: Susan Lieu presents: "140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother"

Presented by Bainbridge Island Museum of Art at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Nationally acclaimed performance artist Susan Lieu presents her one-woman show, 140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother to BIMA. This hybrid presentation features a recorded screening of her critically lauded 2019 production followed by a live Q&A.

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.

140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother premiered in Seattle in February 2019 with a sold-out run. Later that year, Susan self-produced a nearly sold-out 10-city National Tour with accolades from NBC News, L.A. Times, NPR, The Washington Post (The Lily), American Theatre, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Seattle Times. In February 2020, Lieu held a sold-out World Premiere of the sequel OVER 140 LBS at Seattle’s ACT Theatre as their inaugural SoloFest headliner.

Lieu has performed iterations of her family’s story 51 times to 6000 people from 2019 to 2020.

Bring your ticket to Ba Sa Restaurant before the performance for 10% off your dinner order and a chance to meet Susan Lieu!

Admission Info

Tickets: $15 for members, $18 for non-members.

Dates & Times

2022/05/20 - 2022/05/20

Additional time info:

There will be a Q&A after the show.

Location Info

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Parking Info

Parking is available and free to our visitors.

Accessibility Info

BIMA is located in the Island Gateway complex which has accessible parking spaces on Ravine Lane. There is a flat surface entering the courtyard, which leads into the museum. Parking is also available in the underground garage. Take the elevator to First Floor Rear (1R) during museum hours for access through the Community Gallery to the Auditorium, Bistro and Museum.

All of the Museum is accessible by ramps and elevators. If someone in your party needs a wheelchair to enjoy the museum, please ask to borrow a loaner one at the reception desk.