The Panza Monologues by Virginia Grise

The Panza Monologues

byVirginia Grise, Irma MayorgaForeword byTiffany Ana López

Paperback | January 6, 2014

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The Panza Monologues is an original solo performance piece based on women's stories about their panzastú 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.

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. These 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.

About The Author

A playwright and performance artist, Grise is a member of the Women’s Project Playwrights’ Lab and a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing and the Playwrights’ Center’s Jerome Fellowship. Her play blu received the Yale Drama Series Award and was published by Yale University Press. Her other plays include Making Myt...

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Title:The Panza MonologuesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:January 6, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292754051

ISBN - 13:9780292754058

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Foreword by Dr. Tiffany Ana LópezMuchas Many Thank-Yous to All Our Panza AlliesIntroducción to the Second EditionOrganization of the BookOne/Uno: The Panza Monologues: From Cuentos to DVDDos/Two: Script of The Panza Monologues The Panza Monologues Glossary A Chronological Production History of The Panza MonologuesThree/Tres: Tejana Topographies Un Mapa de San Antonio by Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez Introduction San Antonio Paint(ed) by Numbers Autogeographies Virginia Grise Irma MayorgaCuatro/Four: A DIY Production Manual Introduction Guidelines, Advice, and Good Wishes for Staging a Production of The Panza Monologues Permission to Stage the Play Royalties for Staging the Play Promotional Materials for/from Your Production Notes for Staging Your Production Beyond the Play: Your Event Para que nunca más nos vuelvan a borrar: Conciencia Feminil, a Closer Look at the Practice of Panza Positive Activism Permissions and Royalty Request Sample Letter for The Panza Monologues Panza Checklist: Planning Your Production Tupperware Meets Telenovela: Panza Parties Introduction Panza Party Sample Information Email Panza Checklist: Planning Your Panza Party Contact informationFive/Cinco: Pedagogy of the Panza: A Reading, Creative Writing, and Discussion Guide for The Panza Monologues Introduction Topics for Discussion and Activities Based on The Panza Monologues Before Reading/Screening After Reading/Screening Internet Research Activities Obesity in the United States Body Image Cultural Mapping Creative Writing Activities Based on The Panza Monologues Some Thoughts on Free-Writing Creating Monologues One-Liners Writing with Personal Photographs Autogeography Ten Steps for Creating Documentary-Style Theater Further ReadingPanza Pilón: A Manifesto for Panza Positive Chicana Cultural ProductionNotesAdditional Art CreditsIndex