The People’s Own Organic Power Project (www.thePOOPproject.org) is on a mission to heal the cultural shame that makes potty talk taboo. This August, we’ll be asking unsuspecting audience members to Eat $h*t at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, the world’s largest and most diverse arts festival. This urgent one-man show gets people asking questions like:
- Why aren’t we talking about an international sanitation crisis that kills a child every twenty seconds, when we could be investing in sustainable solutions that promote health and prosperity?
- Why should we accept a world that makes us feel guilty for doing something everyone does, when we could be creating one that is hospitable to our whole bodies and their needs?
- Why is our worth measured solely by how much we consume, when the “waste” we flush into our drinking water could be fertilizing our fields and fueling our cities?
Give A $h*t
The POOP Project has been accepted to premiere a new one-man show, Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World, at the prestigious Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in August 2012. It’s an opportunity to reach over 1,500 audience members, plus thousands more who unwittingly step in our $h*t while attending. WTE Theatre has signed on to produce, and we’re partnering with the World Toilet Organization, Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, and others to bring sanitation center stage at the world’s largest arts festival. But first we need to get there.
By funding this show, you will be exposing a critical, unseen issue to a diverse audience with the power to spread this message around the world. A premiere in this distinguished festival offers us access to international media, reviews and audience buzz that can help catapult the show's reach well past August 2011. By December, you could Eat $h*t in a town near you!
Your contri-poo-tions will help us cover our a$$. The more the merrier!
The Bare Minimum: $9,000 / £5,700
Performance Space – Fringe Entry Fee – Insurance – Postcards – Posters – Housing (5 Poopers, 1 Month)
A Pot to P*ss In: $5,000 / £3,150
Advertisement in Fringe Bulletin – Costumes and Props – Rehearsal Space – Branded Giveaways – Additional PR
Toilet Paper Upgrade: $5,250 / £3,300 (costs otherwise borne by participants)
Travel Costs for Performers, Stage Managers and Director – Daily Expenses
Flush with Joy: $4,000 / £2,500 (costs otherwise borne by participants)
Author and Director Fees – Additional Advertising and Web Content
Get Cool $h*t
Everytime you feed the piggy bank, you'll get cool $h*t in return. Find our perks on the right, from poop paper to proud pooper stickers, cute pet poos and farm-to-flush dinner parties. For only $40, you can Eat $h*t again and again from the comfort of your home with the Edinburgh production DVD! Remember that your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.
Help Us Make a Stink
This is a message for everybody and every body. Help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Email that link to your fellow poopers! Get on the phone! Put a message in a bottle! Every little push helps.
Wipe Away Ignorance
Learn more about the global sanitation crisis. You might start by checking out the World Toilet Organization, UNICEF, or the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council. For some quick statistics, take a look at WaterAid and these UN graphs and maps. Check out Rose George’s The Big Necessity, watch Vanguard's full-length documentary World Toilet Crisis or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's short animation.
Learn more about sustainable toilets. Take a look at Joseph Jefferson's classic work on the Humanure Handbook, see what's happening over at Natural Event, and view some great educational posters over at Cloacina. You might also want to read about Friedensreich Hundertwasser's philosophes, or check out Gene Logsdon's Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind.
Learn more about how toilets affect our lives. Join those fighting for better public loos at PHLUSH, the British Toilet Association or the American Restroom Association. Check out Bog Standard or Project CLEAN to get the scoop on the sorry state of most school toilets. Read Dave Praeger's Poop Culture to understand the origins of "shameful sh*tting," and go behind the stall with the recent sociology collection Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing.
Who Are You People?
The POOP Project is a grass-roots organization pushing for change from the bottom up. Created by Shawn "The Puru" Shafner in April 2010, we've since performed theatrical work at over a dozen venues around NYC, engaged people of all ages in educational experiences at environmental fairs, schools and religious institution, and spread the word through social media and at www.thePOOPproject.org. Our ongoing work includes a partnership with the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, site of NYC’s largest wastewater treatment plant, and programs everywhere from the Children's Museum of Manhattan to the Denver Zoo. (You can see a full record of our activities HERE.)
Team on This Campaign:
POOP Project Creator, Eat $h*t Writer and Performer