Catch “The Panza Monologues” on Feb. 5-21

Photo contributed by Alberto Jimenez
Photo contributed by Alberto Jimenez

You’ve heard of “The Vagina Monologues, but what about “The Panza Monologues?” Playwrights Irma Mayorga and Virginia Grise discovered the power of their panzas or bellies about 10 years ago when they began talking to their comadres and community members about their panza stories.

The result was a unique performance piece that brought to life women’s stories of love, life and struggle. We chatted with theĀ  playwrights in our latest Cultura en Austin column about the inspiration behind the work, why it struck a chord with audiences and how after a decade it’s still relevant to a new generation.

Catch the performance, which is also a book now, on Feb. 5-21 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Tickets for the performances, which are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m, are $14-$20 and can be purchased here or 30 minutes before showtime at the door.

In addition to the performance, Red Salmon Arts will present a book reading and book signing with Grise on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. at Resistencia Bookstore (4926 E. Cesar Chavez St., Unit C1). Power to the panza!

Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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