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"No other collection of Chicana theater has included such a rich and diverse range of materials in connection with a single play."
– Dr. Tiffany Ana López


“The most original and historically documented theater project to this date in Latina/o theater."
– Dr. Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez


The Panza Monologues, Second Edition
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: January 6, 2014
ISBN: 978-0292754058

Written, Compiled, and Collected by Virginia Grise & Irma Mayorga

Forward by Dr. Tiffany Ana López

The Panza Monologues is an original solo performance piece based on women's stories about their panzas—tú sabes—that roll of belly we all try to hide. Written, compiled, and collected by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga and fashioned into a tour-de-force solo performance, The Panza Monologues features the words of Chicanas speaking with humor and candor. Their stories boldly place the panza front and center as a symbol that reveals the lurking truths about women's thoughts, lives, loves, abuses, and living conditions.


The first edition of The Panza Monologues was published in a unique joint collaboration by Austin based Evelyn Street Press and ALLGO (Ausitn Latina/Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization). The first edition featured the text of the play and is now out of print.


This second edition of The Panza Monologues presents the performance script in its entirety, as well as a rich supporting cast of dramaturgical and pedagogical materials. Expanded materials include a narrative history of the play’s development by the playwrights; critical materials that enhance and expand upon the script’s themes and ideas (a short introduction to San Antonio, where the play was developed; playwright autogeographies; and a manifesto on women of color making theater); and a selection of pedagogical and creative ideas, including guidelines and advice for staging a production of the play and for teaching it in the classroom, community-making activities (screenings, hosting “Panza Parties,” community/group discussions), and creative writing activities connected to the play.



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The Panza Monologues DVD

The Panza Monologues on DVD features the play performance in its entirety, performed by Virginia Grise and directed by Irma Mayorga.


Recorded in front of a sold out audience at Plaza de la Raza in East Los Angeles in 2008, the DVD also features live musical accompaniment by the super group "Los Flacasos" - Eduardo Arenas, Laura Cambrón, Alexandro Hérnandez, and Jacqueline Munguia. Filmed by Roberto S. Oregel and edited by Mirasol Riojas.

Running time:  1 hr. 10 mins.


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