One-woman show looks at the pitfalls of plastic surgery

Susan LieuThe Vietnamese Student Association at Pitt will present playwright Susan Lieu in her one-woman show, “140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother” on Nov. 12.

Lieu, who is Vietnamese-American, sheds light on the unimaginable ideals of Vietnamese feminine beauty and addresses body insecurity, grief and trauma through her performance. "140 LBS" is a true story of how Lieu’s mother died as a result of plastic surgery malpractice, her search for the man responsible, and the painful uncovering of her mother’s life.

Vietnamese Student Association works to promote diversity, awareness and visibility of Vietnamese culture to people of all backgrounds within the campus community.

The show is being presented with collaboration from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the English department, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department, Outside the Classroom Curriculum and Department of Theatre Arts.

This event starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Charity Randall Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial. It is free to all Pitt students, staff and faculty, $10 for Carnegie Mellon students, and $15 for the general public. Proceeds and donations will be donated to Asylum Access, an organization that aids refugees in human rights and advocates for policy reform.