The POOP Project is coming to Portland 2/22/2020!

February 13, 2020

Straight from New York City, The POOP Project is coming to Portland!

The POOP Project from New York City will perform in Portland on 2/22/2020How do you break the potty taboo and catalyze creative conversation about sustainable sanitation for the person, planet and world community?  The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Project​ has been showing us how, using a brilliant combination of theater, art, and education.

The POOP Project has played to sold-out crowds in the New York International Fringe Festival (Award Winner: Overall Excellence in Solo Performance), the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival (“The most important show in the Fringe…ahead of its time,” says ​The Scotsman​), and at the United Nations for the inaugural World Toilet Day in 2013.Shawn Shafner is founder of The POOP Project

In the past year alone, The POOP Project has visited over a dozen universities across the US, worked with refugees in Greece, and performed in India. This marks their first visit to Portland.

At last!  We’ve been waiting for a decade to welcome POOP Project founder Shawn Shafner. 

PHLUSH President Kyle Earlywine first met Shafner at the 2010 World Toilet Summit. Both Vice President Hayley Joyell Smith and Board Secretary Abby have arranged performances by Shafner on their university campuses. Now The POOP Project founder is coming to Portland.

We bow in gratitude to Shawn for fitting us in his schedule and reserve a huge shout out for Producer Katie McClenahan, without whose professional expertise, these events would not be happening.

Join us Saturday February 22 for back-to-back events at the Shout House at 210 SE Madison, Ste. 11.

​Flush – The Documentary screens at 2 pm.

Follow the Flush in this ground breaking documentary.​Flush, the surprising story of what happens after we “go,” is changing the way we think about waste. Director Karina Mangu-Ward has a hunch that the unprecedented damage from Superstorm Sandy, drought in the West, and the future of our food supply have a lot to do with how we flush. So she gives herself a challenge: follow one flush from beginning to end. Flush also delves into the cultural, political, and corporate forces shaping the way we deal with bodily waste in America today. A panel following the 54-minute documentary features these WASH experts: Laura Allen of Greywater Action; Sandra Comstock of Hygiene4All; Nicole Cousino of Nature Commode; Ole Ersson of Kailash EcoVillage; and Pat Lando of Recode.

Purchase film tickets here – $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Doors open at 1:30 pm.  A panel conversation follows with Shafner, Ersson and other local sanitation experts.

How the Potty Trained Us is a live performance at 8 pm. 

What if the solution to climate change, world peace, and self-love was the one thing no one wanted to talk about? From communal Roman toilets to the Queen who banished the bowel movement, Shafner unearths the origins of our dis-ease. In this stand-up comedy / TED-style lecture / character-shifting solo play, he exposes how current sanitary practices threaten our health, environment, and 40% of the world still living without safe toilets. Shafner invites us to get our sh*t together before it hits the fan.

“Shafner wants a global movement and, given his natural charm and bottomless capacity for scatological puns, he might just get one.”

Purchase performance tickets here $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open at 8 pm. This event is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Curious about PHLUSH?  Want to research compelling neglected issues.? Fight for the human right to a toilet? Advocate sanitation sanity and sustainability? Already a PHLUSH volunteer?  Yes, then join PHLUSH and the friendly villagers at Kailash Ecovillage for a special event

Assume the Throne – a live show + Food not Bombs dinner

Are you ready to ​Assume the Throne?​ Shafner shares the secret wisdom our bodies already know – The Tao of Poo. Fusing wisdom from permaculture and world religions, this intimate blend of storytelling, ritual and razzle dazzle teaches the ancient alchemy of how all our $h*t can transform into gold.

  • When:  Friday Feb 21, 2020 6pm – 9pm. Show @ 7pm
  • Time:  6pm – 9pm. Show @ 7pm. Food Not Bombs potluck dinner at 6pm – Show at 7pm – Free!
  • Hosts: Kailash Ecovillage,  4311 SE 37th Ave.
  • Cost: Free but vegan potluck contributions and $5-20 donations for the show are appreciated.
  • RSVP: Via Facebook to Kailash hosts or to PHLUSH.


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Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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