Theater Mu is hosting Vietnamese-American playwright, producer and performer Susan Lieu in a virtual performance of her solo show, “140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother.”

A one-woman show, which looks at the impossible ideals of feminine beauty, has been one of the most popular presentations in Asian-American theater, according to a Mu news release. It will be broadcast online March 26-28.

Here’s the story: “Two hours into plastic surgery, Susan’s mother loses oxygen to her brain and five days later, while in a coma, she flatlines. Nineteen years later on her wedding day, 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 surgeon’s family, she uncovers the painful truth of her mother, herself, and the impossible ideal of Vietnamese feminine beauty.”

“140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother” will be broadcast through Theater Mu’s streaming platform. The performance is at 7 p.m. Friday or available to stream anytime on Saturday and Sunday. A minimum of one ticket per household is required to watch the show. All single and video-on-demand tickets are pay as you are able and are on sale now at theatermu.org or 612-789-1012. The performance has been pre-recorded. There will be a live post-show discussion with Mu artistic director Lily Tung Crystal, Mu playwright-in-residence Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and Lieu after the show on Friday.

St. Paul-based Theater Mu is the nation’s second-largest Asian-American theater company.



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