Edinburgh Will Eat $h*t THURSDAY!

Dearest Poopers, There’s so much going on, I barely know where to begin! So let’s go in reverse order, from future to past, shall we?

5. Eat $h*t opens at the Edinburgh Fringe on Thursday!
4. Golden Poo Award deadline approaches
3. Pootopia at Kendall Calling
2. Eat $h*t previewed at 59E59
1. The Puru gets podcasted

Here goes...

5.

As I write this, we’re less than 48 hours away from opening Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.

What? Really?!

Yes. Really. The time has finally come.

You can Eat $h*t with us at 1pm from Aug. 2-27 at C venues – C nova in their delightful cabaret space. Reserve your place at the table today!

4.

Submissions are due tonight, July 31, at midnight for the 2012 Golden Poo Awards. It's a fun competition for short videos which, "tackle the issue(s) of sanitation and/or hygiene in a catchy, emotive, funny, sensational or 'infectious' way."

Filmmaker Karina Mangu-Ward will be submitting this beautiful short about The POOP Project, featuring interviews with me and clips from Eat $h*t and a benefit performance for My Wife's Ass, an important work about body liberation by Glenn Marla and Hana Malia.

I'm a Pooper and So Are You from Karina Mangu-Ward on Vimeo.

3.

The Puru spent the last three days with MC FeeCee (aka Australian loo king Hamish Skermer) and the whole Pootopia crew, manning the eco-loos at Kendal Calling music festival.

Ever been to a festival/art fair/any event and been forced to use a porta potty? It's not a pleasant experience. For anyone. Except flies.

Pootopia is the incredible alternative to the miserable status quo. Featuring friendly staff, great tunes, and clean, earth-friendly composting toilets that not only smell better but also feature a fantastic bottom breeze, Pootopia brings the user to true poo-phoria. There's even a golden toilet with its own discoball, after-poo mints, photobooth and so much more!

I'll hopefully get a chance to write more about Pootopia in the days to come, and even post some video. In the meantime, check out their Facebook page to learn more.

2.

Thank you to all those who came out for our preview performances of Eat $h*t at 59E59's East to Edinburgh festival! It was a great pleasure to perform for such packed, enthusiastic houses and we learned a TON about the show. We even garnered a great (if somewhat skeptical) review! Yay poop!

1.

The Puru has been featured on the first episode of The Eclectic Esoteric, a new podcast by Jia H. Jung. It's a wide-ranging conversation covering all things poop, and featuring a lot of behind the scenes details on the creation of Eat $h*t. I was really tired when we recorded it, which means less filter and more honesty for you! Plus my voice sounds really soft and sweet on the recording. Click the link above, or listen below.

BLAST OFF!

Peaceful pooping until next time,

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Eat $h*t at East to Edinburgh

Dearest Poopers, Thank you so much for your support during our Indiegogo campaign to send Eat $h*t! How Our Waste Can Save the World, our new show, to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. (If you didn’t get the chance to donate during the campaign, it’s not too late! You can still make an online donation through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas*. Tickets are now available for our run August 2-27 at C Venues Nova; reserve your space at the table today!

If you’re in New York, check out the show in previews before we jump the pond:

July 17 at 7pm and July 22 at 4pm, part of 59E59’s East to Edinburgh Festival

Get your tickets for Eat $h*t in NYC before they “go”!

It’s been an incredibly exciting, stressful, and glorious couple of weeks since the campaign ended. With the help of my collaborators and co-stars, Akilah Arthur, Rachel Chatham, Rhea Lehman and Croft Vaughn, the show has grown by leaps and bounds. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of it.

So what is it? I’m still working on the wording but…

Eat $h*t is the hilarious, touching and tuneful tale of Karl, an advertising executive who agrees to develop a rebranding campaign for Mr. Poop. In exchange, the giant turd will cure his existentially bad constipation. Down the toilet bowl, Karl duels with Miss Manners, flies Derri-Air to the third world toilet crisis, and finally achieves poophoria squatting next to Martin Luther. Karl emerges an enlightened Puru, prepared to spread the Gospel of Poop and push for change  from the bottom up.

Thank you again for your support of this project. I am humbled, truly, and so excited to get to share this powerful work with the world.

This one’s for the Poopers, Shawn

*The POOP Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The POOP Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.