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.

LAST CHANCE to help Edinburgh Eat $h*t

Tonight is the last night to help Edinburgh Eat $h*t!

Eat $h*t, How Our Waste Can Save the World

This August, the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival will get a taste of The POOP Project's newest show, Eat $h*t, How Our Waste Can Save the World. Our fundraising campaign ends at midnight, but you can still reserve a spot at the table. Visit www.indiegogo.com/thePOOPproject and drop us a tax-deductible deuce (or more!), then choose from an assortment of high fiber gifts--including a DVD of the show!

Imagine: a world where "waste" becomes a resource; where a child doesn't die of diarrhea every 20 seconds; where we embrace our whole bodies and the whole earth we all share. Your support will help us reach a global audience of thousands with our unique message of change from the bottom up. Give us a push now so the show can look and sound its best, and who knows? Soon the whole world could Eat $h*t!

Learn more about the show and our campaign at www.indiegogo.com/thePOOPproject. Whatever you can give, know we thank you. From our very bottoms.

Peaceful pooping, Shawn "The Puru" Shafner and the Eat $h*t team

Digesting Design

Dearest Poopers, Our fundraising campaign is in full swing to bring Eat $h*t! How Our Waste Can Save the World to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. If you haven't yet, take a moment to check it out and help us reach an international audience with this critical message.

In other exciting news, we have been selected for the Eurohypo AG Engagement for the Community Award for excellence in engaging the community and exemplifying Eurohypo's Passion for Solutions. This award is presented to small non-profit organizations that have a large impact on their community. Eurohypo is pleased to award The POOP Project for their unique work in raising awareness of global sanitation. (And we're pleased to receive it!)

Lastly, please join The Puru this Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30pm for the first installment of the 2012 Spring Speaker Series at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek. We'll be "Digesting the Design Behind Newtown Creek" with the very experts who made it happen, acclaimed artist/architects Vito Acconci, Greg Clawson and George Trakas.

Until then, peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Poop is Funny

Dearest Poopers, We're in full swing to help audience members at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World. Check out our fundraising campaign and help us make a splash on an international stage!

Wanna sneak peak of the show? Join us this Thursday for Comickaze Comedy Hour! A hot monthly variety show featuring stand-up, storytelling, improv and an 8 min. preview of Eat $h*t. Napkins included.

Thursday, May 3, 9-10pm Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston) 2 cheap drinks! Hosted by Amanda Miller, also featuring Günther and Girl Talk, TJ Del Reno, Melissa Shaw and Etan Bednarsh.

Lastly, take a look at this great new graphic all about the poop problem plaguing the world, and what's being done to change it.

Peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Lack of Sanitation Created by: OnlineNursingPrograms.com

Eat $h*t

Dearest poopers, There's a lot to be excited about around The POOP Project right now.  An article I wrote about the swaddled American experience, "Huggies for Hanukkah," just came out in Alef: The NEXT Conversation. This Monday night from 10-11 EST, I'll be giving an interview to Danny Valdes on Radio Provacateur. And this Wednesday at 7:30pm, my new one man show, Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World will premiere as a work-in-progress in the lounge at Dixon Place.  It's FREE!

Imagine a world that utilizes our most natural bodily function instead of flushing doo into our drinking water. This renewable resource can fertilize fields, build homes and power cities, while we confront an international sanitation crisis that kills a child every 20 seconds. But to do this, we’re gonna have to own our $h*t.

Journey from kitchen to commode for an uncensored look at the imbalanced bowels of an American society consuming itself.

Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street 7:30-9:00pm FREE! Light refreshments will be served.

Created and Performed by Shawn Shafner Developed with the help of director Simon Hanukai, dramaturg David Carter and chef Amanda Melpolder.

Fall Speaker Series Starts Tuesday

Dearest Poopers, Thank you to all those who came out to Club Make and Do's show this past Thursday. It was a smash! And I got a chance to show off my new hat.

But that's old news now. And I know you crave more. More!  MORE!!!

So get your calendars out, because here's what's coming up:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: panel conversation about urban farming at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek
  • Saturday, Sept. 24: performance lecture on the history if shit at the Vent Festival
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: tabling at the NEW New York D-I-Y Block Party
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4: The Clap is featured as part of Adult Education
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: the premiere of Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at Dixon Place
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: panel conversation about technology for green communities at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1: panel conversation about composting at (you guessed it!) the Visitor Center

But it's a Saturday, so for now here's details on just the first two.

The POOP Project is proud to once again play moderator for a series of panel events at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, the city's largest wastewater treatment plant. Join us this Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-8:30pm for presentations and conversations all about urban farming!

Featuring guest speakers:

Annie Novak, who feeds Greenpoint from the Eagle Street Rooftop Farms and teaches urbanites where their food comes from.

Dr. Dickson Despommier whose vision, The Vertical Farms, would enable cities to feed themselves from skyscrapers.

Inger Staggs Yancey from Brooklyn Greenroof, using thirsty plants to transform city roofs into ecological mega-machines.

For more information about and directions to the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, CLICK HERE or on the poster above.

Now if you've got something to say (and who doesn't?), consider joining me next Saturday for the Vent Festival at Gowanus Studio Space!

The POOP Project is pleased to join the Vent Festival from 6-9pm to fume about The Agony and the Excrement, a humorous performance lecture about the history of sanitation and the social factors that lead to "shameful shitting." If you missed this lecture at Adult Education earlier this year, now's your chance! The line-up will also include Damali AbramsDanielle AbramsAisha Cousins, D'LuxeJason Gaspar and the Rant Van.

PLUS come early (from 3-6pm) to make your own cider with Atom Cianfarani, encounter Nurit Bar-Shai's growing organisms, witness Coral Short's 1000 Sighs and more!

THEN come back the next day for a 1pm performance workshop with veteran performance artist Rob Andrews and a 4pm artist's conversation  featuring Danielle Abrams, Rob Andrews, Coral Short, Aisha Cousins and D'Luxe. Moderated by Maya Suess, the beautiful, brainy and benevolent curator of the whole darned thing.

As a bonus, I'd like to leave you with a video from another project I'm involved in that generates applause for the public good. We call it The Clap because the joy's contagious. You can learn more on the Facebook page.

Wishing you a great weekend and, as always, peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner