Uranus in Process

Thank you so much to all those who came out for the warner|shaw benefit Sunday night, Mother, May I? on Sunday!  And if you missed it all, don't fret.  No, seriously don't.  You can bring your mother to warner|shaw's production of Six Seeds: The Persephone Project this June at The Tank AND you can catch up with The POOP Project on the ol' internet!  (Check out my lecture from last Tuesday's Adult Education below!) http://vimeo.com/23520610

Sunday's benefit capped off a busy week for The POOP Project, and even Purus get pooped of poo.  But you know when sometimes you go, then you do up your belt, clean yourself off (hopefully, not in that order), and head back to the ol' computeroonie only to hear nature calling once more from South of the Border?  This might be one of those times.

Ring, Ring.

The POOP Project is proud to take part this coming Thursday in a work-in-progress showing of Superhero Clubhouse's:

URANUS (a play about waste)
May 12th, 8pm*
@ SITI studio, 520 8th Ave., Suite 310
*Reservations required.  Please RSVP to Maria, maria@superheroclubhouse.org or (212) 545-4111 or.  This is a private event, and seating is very limited. Light refreshments provided.

This event will feature the first half of the play fully staged, a design presentation, a waste-related ecology chat with Dan Tainow of the Lower East Side Ecology Center and Shawn Shafner of the POOP Project, along with a research-filled lobby display including a waste-themed information and a video from the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.

URANUS (a play about waste) written/directed by Jeremy Pickard performed by Jon Erdman, Maria Portman Kelly, Matt Luceno, Katey Parker, Thom Pasculli, Teale Sperling, & Anne Zager designed by Sarah Bertolozzi, Jason Bucklin, Owen Walz, Solomon Weisbard, Emily Caufield stage managed by Mark Hoffner produced by the SHC Special Task Force: Brian Belcinski, Tommy Dickie, Ava Eisenson, Jon Erdman, Danny Gardner, Sarah Hughes, Corey Johnson, Maria Portman Kelly, Jeremy Pickard, and Teale Sperling


William Herschel is furiously building (and destroying) telescopes so that he might get closer to his beloved new discovery. Two young backpackers are mysteriously transported to a planet made entirely of Earth's garbage.  A derelict called Gaea searches among piles of her treasured trash for a waste rock that has the power to restart the world. Told with physical poetry and moronic humor, URANUS is a hodgepodge of history, myth and make-believe.
URANUS is the first in our series of ecology-inspired Planet Plays.  It had a first-draft production in 2008 with Upright Egg Theater Company (MN) and was a semi-finalist for the 2009 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.  Other plays in the series include NEPTUNE (a play about water), MERCURY (a play about poison), VENUS (a play about energy), SATURN (a play about food), MARS (a play about mining), JUPITER (a play about power) and PLUTO (a half-play about half-life). Read more about the Planet Plays at www.superheroclubhouse.org/plays.html

About Superhero Clubhouse:

Superhero Clubhouse is a society of theater artists engaged in making original plays and events about the natural world via a green and collaborative process. Our experiments involve cultivating an intrinsic relationship between the ideals of ecology and the processes and content of theater. Through our work, we hope to form lasting collaborations with scientists, activists and artists from diverse mediums in order to further develop and define the future of a green and unique theatrical event.

You might have seen us on Earth Day weekend performing kid-written eco-plays at The Bushwick Starr in their inaugural Big Green Theater Festival, or witnessed our renegade disaster-inspired "flash performances" at the 2010 Lenfest Center Open House.

Poop all over the place

The People's Own Organic Power Project is more than pleased to announce no less than three--that's right THREE!--opportunities to see The Puru in action the first week in May. SUMMARY:

1. Tues, May 3, 8pm, Adult Education presents: "Social Anxiety" at Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  I'll be presenting on "The Agony and the Excrement."

2. Wed, May 4, 6:30pm, "Water for Cities: The Urban Challenge." The first in a summer series of environmental panels with the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, and moderated by yours poo-ly.

3. Sun, May 8, 7pm, "Mother May I?" An evening of performances at The Delancey honoring mothers everywhere, and benefiting SIX SEEDS: The Persephone Project, a theater piece by warner|shaw opening in June at The Tank.



ADULT EDUCATION PRESENTS: "SOCIAL ANXIETY" Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 8 pm (doors at 7:30) Union Hall in Park Slope 702 Union St. @ 5th Ave $5 cover (buy tickets online here)

BEN DOLNICK: "First Base and Beyond" Dolnick will teach you how to have a girlfriend in middle school and how to write about it when you grow up.

CAISSIE ST.ONGE: "This is Your Parents on Drugs" St.Onge discusses survival tactics for the moment you're old enough to realize that dad's not going out for milk.

SHAWN SHAFNER: "The Agony and the Excrement" In the 1500s, someone actually had to write a book on manners including instructions not to, "foul the staircases, corridors, or closets with urine or other filth." Shafner will explain what happened to the good old days, and how the potty has trained us.

JILL STODDARD: "The Body: Tales of a Traitor" No matter how hard we try to make our bodies into ornaments of how sophisticated and cultured we are, they still will confound us with their own rogue agenda. Stoddard discusses the lengths we go to hide our body's expressions, and the ways we still fail at it.

With YOUR host, Charles Star


The New York City Department of Environmental Protection presents the first event in our Summer Speaker Series:

Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge (The United Nations World Water Day Theme)

Wednesday, May 4th 2011 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Visitor Center at Newtown Creek 329 Greenpoint Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11222

Talks followed by a panel discussion moderated by Shawn Shafner of The People’s Own Organic Power Project (www.thePOOPproject.org)


Frederik Pischke Interagency Water Advisor UN-Water

Vyjayanthi Rao Assistant Professor of Anthropology New School for Social Research, New York

Jennifer Farmwald Project Manager Water Supply Infrastructure & Watershed Assessment NYC Environmental Protection

Directions to the Newtown Creek Visitors Center: Subway: G train to Greenpoint Avenue Station (Walk east on Greenpoint Avenue, cross McGuinnes Boulevard and Provost Street. Walk to traffic light. Entrance will be on left.) Bus: B24 Car: • Take the Long Island Exp. I-495 W toward MIDTOWN TUNNEL (RT-25 W) • Take exit #15/VAN DAM ST onto QUEENS MIDTOWN EXPY • Continue straight on BORDEN AVE • Make a U-Turn at 31ST PL onto BORDEN AVE • Turn Right on VAN DAM ST • Bear Right on GREENPOINT AVE • Go over JJ Byrne Memorial Bridge and continue on GREENPOINT AVENUE • Entrance is on the right on GREENPOINT AVE & HUMBOLDT ST. Parking is not available on site.


MOTHER MAY I The Delancey, downstairs 168 Delancey St (btw Clinton and Attorney) Sunday, May 8th | 6pm doors, 7pm show Monologues, Music, and 2 for 1 Drinks! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Forget brunch this Mother’s Day. Take your mama, your baby mama or just your totally grown up, independent self to celebrate (or commiserate) with stories, songs and two for one drinks at The Delancey on Sunday, May 8. Whether your mother was a goddess of love and support or a smothering bitch, your inner child will laugh, cry and try not to poop y...our pants at MOTHER, MAY I?, a night of performances by writers, actors and singers in honor of mothers. There’s a woman somewhere who you owe your life to, and we want to thank her. Join us for stories, lullabies and comedy. We won’t judge your outfit or your date.

Hosted by warner | shaw co-founders Franny Silverman and Annie Levy.


Glenn Marla (reigning Mr. Coney Island and Miss LES 2006, glennmarla.com) | Sarah Graalman (Mama Rice N’ Friends, mammaandfriends.com) | Shelly Oria (McSweeney’s, 2008 Indiana Review Fiction Prize) | Lisa Lewis (1000 nights at The Creek, lisalewiswriting.com) | Tara Hyman (Mama Rice N’ Friends, tarahyman.com) | David Wolkin (Inner Monologues, Speakeasy Stories, wolkin.com) | Christine Siracusa (Brave New World Rep) | Galeet Dardashti (Six Points Fellow ’07-’09, Le Poisson Rouge, galeetdardashti.com) | Shawn Shafner (Joe’s Pub, POOP Project, thepoopproject.org) | Naomi Less (Jewish Chicks Rock, naomiless.com) | Anni Bruno | Mara Leventhal | Brian Gelfand and other special guests.


Looking forward to seeing you there!  And peaceful Spring pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner