WRITTEN BY Virginia Grise & Irma Mayorga
DIRECTED BY Karina Gutiérrez


Conceived of and written by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga, The Panza Monologues is performance piece based on women's stories about their panzas. Tú sabes - that roll of belly we all try to hide! The Panza Monologues boldly places the panza front and center as a symbol that reveals the lurking truths about women's thoughts, lives, loves, abuses, and lived conditions.

Originally devised as a one-woman tour de force performed by Grise and brought to Stanford TAPS by a talented group of Chicanx performers, speaking the words of women with heart stopping frankness, the text features stories contributed by Bárbara Renaud-González, Petra A. Mata, and María R. Salazar as well as our own performers.


Karina Gutiérrez is a Bay Area actor, director, and scholar. Karina received her undergraduate degree in Theatre and Spanish Literature from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS). Her current research looks at how the digital age and institutionalization affects the creative output and historicization of established social protest theatre companies that survive their nascent historical movement. Alongside her academic research, Karina currently serves as a Graduate Scholar-in-Residence at El Centro Chicano y Latino, as well as Co-Artistic Director of the Nitery Experimental Theater (NExT) at Stanford.

Outside of academia, Karina is an advocate for Latinx/Chicanx representation in the arts, and is a co-founder of BALTAN, the Bay Area Latino Theatre Alliance Network. In her work as an actor, she has appeared in productions throughout California, having worked with Magic Theatre, Teatro Visión, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playwrights Foundation, BRAVA Center for the Arts, Crowded Fire, and the San Diego Repertory. In terms of her directorial work, she most recently directed the world premiere of a bilingual children’s show for Bay Area Children’s Theatre titled El Gato Ensombrerado. Other Stanford credits include: The House on Mango Street (Director), A Raisin in the Sun (Assist. Director), and The Mathematics of Love (Actor/Dramaturg).


November 29, 30, and
December 1 at 8pm.


Tickets are sold-out, but there's still a chance to see the show via or wait-list policy! Learn how by clicking below.



There will be no late seating or re-seating during this performance.

The show runs approximately one hour and fifteen minutes with no intermission.


This production plays in Pigott Theater, located in Memorial Auditorium. For maps and parking info, click here.