July 18, 2012 Ep. 1 – Shawn Shafner
Shawn Shafner is an actor, educator, and creator of The People’s Own Organic Power Project, or The POOP Project. The organization’s mission is to heal the cultural shame that makes potty talk taboo, and promote critical conversation about sustainable sanitation. A self-described “puru,” Shafner strives to change the minds and hearts of people, or consumers, to spark a (literally) bottom up awareness and change in our misconceptions and policies in dealing with (or merely flushing away) human waste. In a great attempt to break down the social barriers, Shafner and a crew of four others will perform his production, “Eat $h*t,” on July 22nd at the 59E59 theatre in New York City, then head off to the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe across the pond in Scotland with a little help from Fractured Atlas and money from their okwn pockets. Even under extreme 11th hour pressure, Mr. Shafner kindly takes the time to enlighten us all on the history of the toilet, the shame in shame, the sanitation system of New York City, the World Toilet Summit, the true scatological hallucinations of Protestant reformer Martin Luther, the constipation of Hitler, and the process of writing, directing, producing, acting, and singing in his own play. He even sings us a beautiful song.