Artist-in-Residence @ Dent the Future Conference
Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

Artist-in-Residence @ Dent the Future Conference

Artist-in-Residence @ Dent the Future Conference
Susan be sharing an excerpt of "140 LBS" at the Dent the Future Conference.  Founded in 2012, Dent is a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, executives, investors, and creatives who are driven to “put a dent in the universe.” Initially started as an annual conference, we quickly developed into a strong community of people who call themselves “Denters.”  The name Dent comes from the Steve Jobs quote: “we’re here to put a dent in the universe, why else even be here?”  Private event, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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RISK! Live in Seattle at The Vera Project
Sep
7
8:30 PM20:30

RISK! Live in Seattle at The Vera Project

RISK! Live in Seattle at The Vera Project
Susan will be a featured storyteller on RISK!  RISK! is a live show and podcast "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public" hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary MTV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show sells out monthly in New York and Los Angeles and has featured people like Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Patton Oswalt, Andy Dick and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we've never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Risk! was featured in Rolling Stone's "Best Comedy Podcasts" and named Time Out LA's #1 Don't-Miss Live Podcast and in Time Out NY's Top 10 NY Podcasts.  More event information here.  Ticket info here.  The Vera Project, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle Center.  

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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

"This is My Friend, Fat" Workshop

"This is My Friend, Fat" Workshop
Artist in Residence, Susan Lieu presents a conversation on the story behind her performance art. After her mother's untimely death, she speaks about her struggles with grief, body image & moving forward.  Open to the public.  The Collective, 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle.  Register here

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Aug
10
2:30 PM14:30

Radical Storytelling Workshop at World Economic Forum North America SHAPE

"Radical Storytelling" Workshop at World Economic Forum North America SHAPE
Susan will perform an excerpt from "140 LBS" and then facilitate a workshop to explore stories that needs to be told for World Economic Forum Global Shapers.  Workshop will include body presence training, small group story telling and peer feedback.  The Global Shapers Community is a network of young people dialogue, action and change.  Private event, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California.

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140 LBS: Episode III
Jun
8
to Jun 10

140 LBS: Episode III

140 LBS: Episode III will take place at the 35th Annual On The Boards' Northwest New Works Festival in Seattle.  This one-woman show is the true story of a daughter’s quest to know her deceased mother and the plastic surgeon who killed her.  Directed by Paul Budraitis.  Viewing Episodes I or II is not necessary to watch this Episode.   This show is generously funded by On The Boards, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and over 40 Super Fans across the United States and Vietnam.  Tickets at this link.

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22 years ago, my mother went in for surgery and never came back.  She didn't know that the surgeon had 20 lawsuits against him, was on probation for years and didn't carry medical insurance.  "140 LBS" is a show that tells this story and about the obsessions that are universal to human existence: parent-child relationships, loss, beauty, perfection, forgiveness.  

In November 2017, I created Episode I, playing 8 characters and telling the story of what happened and how I wanted to avenge my mother's death.  In March 2018, I created Episode II, playing in three sold out shows, where I dove into my relationship with my mother, the hero who had it all and then wanted more.  And now, in June, I'll be creating Episode III, retracing the route my mother took on her last day and my attempt to reconnect with the doctor's family.   And the biggest question driving this piece is: Can I forgive him?  

140 LBS will become a full-length 60-90 minute show that will premier in Seattle in Spring 2019 and then tour in metropolitan cities across the United States.  

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Nov
12
2:00 PM14:00

Dr. X: How I Avenged My Mother's Murder

DR. X: HOW I AVENGED MY MOTHER'S MURDER, A ONE-WOMAN SHOW
An autobiographical solo performance, "Dr. X" is the story of how the negligence of a Caucasian Vietnam Veteran, who systematically targeted Vietnamese women in the San Francisco Bay Area for plastic surgery operations, was responsible for the death of my mother.  Told through the perspective of 8 characters, the piece is an honest and intimate sharing of my mother’s story and my process of coming to accept it. Primarily a dramatic piece, though not without comedic strokes, the piece will also examine Vietnamese conceptions of beauty, dying, and spirituality.  Doors open at 1:30pm.   Buy tickets here

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Nov
11
10:30 PM22:30

Nightmare Society Improv Show

NIGHTMARE SOCIETY JET CITY IMPROV SHOW
Do you dare enter the horrible haunting world of the mind? The Nightmare Society tells the tale of a commune of artists who realize nightmares at the sound of a grandfather clock. This twisted improv comedy show explores the eeriness and absurdity of nightmares. You write down your fears. Then we bring them to life.  Doors open at 10pm.  Buy tickets here.

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Nov
4
10:30 PM22:30

Nightmare Society Improv Show

NIGHTMARE SOCIETY JET CITY IMPROV SHOW
Do you dare enter the horrible haunting world of the mind? The Nightmare Society tells the tale of a commune of artists who realize nightmares at the sound of a grandfather clock. This twisted improv comedy show explores the eeriness and absurdity of nightmares. You write down your fears. Then we bring them to life.  Doors open at 10pm.  Buy tickets here.

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Nov
3
10:00 PM22:00

Dr. X: How I Avenged My Mother's Murder

DR. X: HOW I AVENGED MY MOTHER'S MURDER, A ONE-WOMAN SHOW
This is a 25-minute one-woman show about one woman’s death -- my mother.  It is also about how the construct of beauty (probably manufactured by white dudes to maintain power) ate her alive.  How I wish I could have postered Dr. X’s clinic neighborhood, hometown and children with the truth of how he killed my mother.  This is a show where you see all the monsters: Dr. X, my mother and my own.  And how I battle out my anger with all of them.  Doors open at 9:30pm.  Buy tickets here

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Oct
28
10:30 PM22:30

Nightmare Society Improv Show

NIGHTMARE SOCIETY JET CITY IMPROV SHOW
Do you dare enter the horrible haunting world of the mind? The Nightmare Society tells the tale of a commune of artists who realize nightmares at the sound of a grandfather clock. This twisted improv comedy show explores the eeriness and absurdity of nightmares. You write down your fears. Then we bring them to life.  Doors open at 10pm.  Buy tickets here.

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Oct
21
10:30 PM22:30

Nightmare Society Improv Show

NIGHTMARE SOCIETY JET CITY IMPROV SHOW
Do you dare enter the horrible haunting world of the mind? The Nightmare Society tells the tale of a commune of artists who realize nightmares at the sound of a grandfather clock. This twisted improv comedy show explores the eeriness and absurdity of nightmares. You write down your fears. Then we bring them to life.  Doors open at 10pm.  Buy tickets here.

Bonus: I'll be the House Leader for the night so I'll be setting the tone for the evening...

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