“The intensity of his emotions is outlandish – but also moving because, for all the absurd trappings, the message is vital, the warnings of impending armageddon sincere. The best cabaret performance entertains but it also reminds us of what’s possible when all the people in a room decide to collaborate. The result is a show that isn’t just enjoyable or interesting but empowering, reminding us of the power we all have if we choose to use it. Rev Billy Talen’s work delivers that in spades, and encourages us to expand that awareness to cover the whole world. Earthalujah!” – TimeOut London

REVEREND BILLY & THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth-loving urban activists who have worked with communities on four continents defending community, life and imagination. The Devils over the 15 years of their “church” have remained the same: Consumerism and Militarism. In this time of the Earth’s crisis – we are especially mindful of the extractive imperatives of global capital. Their activist performances and concert stage performances have always worked in parallel. The activism is content for the play. The Choir’s Director for all performances is Savitri D. The Choir has won several awards including an OBIE Award, the Alpert Award, The Dramalogue Award and The Historic Districts Council’s Preservation Award (for leading demonstrations to save Manhattan’s Poe House), and half of their singing activists have been jailed, most frequently during Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. Reverend Billy has been arrested over 70 times. The choir employ multiple strategies, including cash register exorcisms, retail interventions, and cell phone operas. Outdoors, they have performed in Redwood forests, between cars in traffic jams at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, on the Staten Island Ferry, at Burning Man and Times Square and Coney Island, and on the roof of Carnegie Hall in a snowstorm. Under Savitri’s direction, the choir has released CD’s, books and TV shows, among them the eight episodes of The Last Televangelist, created with shooter-editor Glenn Gabel. In 2007 they co-produced with Morgan Spurlock the acclaimed film What Would Jesus Buy? – appearing on over 100 screens nationally and which has been broadcasted on Sundance Channel. The Stop Shopping Choir is a diverse array of economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds and has members from every continent except Antarctica, which they’re working on. Among them are scientists, teachers, artists, therapists, welders, cyclists, builders, developers, hairdressers, dog walkers, actors, truck drivers, tech geeks, scholars and executives. The Choir has toured in Europe, Africa, South America and throughout North America, and appears for most of the year on a regular Sunday service schedule at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

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Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir

The unstoppable theatricality of Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir of singing-activists bring audiences of all ages and backgrounds  together, in all arenas, indoor or outdoor at any time of day. A church service with a roof-shaking gospel cry meets a call to action in an ever-evolving survey of personal awareness and responsibility, rededicating  ourselves to the politicizing of survival, pitting our freedom against the financiers of climate change. In 2013 they were inspired by the extinction and resurrection of the Golden Toad. This year, the Honey Bee is the hero. The presence of the pesticides of “Big Ag” and the struggle by bees to survive, is inspiration for new songs, songs with lots of Bee-atitude, hard-working and sticky sweet. Honeybeelujah!

Stage: Any
Capacity: Any 
Traveling Personnel: 7-35 (inc. local)
Running time: Up to 2.5 hours per event
Language: Love

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Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir

November 20, 2016 | Joe’s Pub | GATHER!
November 27, 2016 | Joe’s Pub | GATHER!
December 1, 2016 | WBAI Online & 99.5FM | THE EARTH WANTS YOU RADIO HOUR
December 4, 2016 | Joe’s Pub | GATHER!
December 8, 2016 | WBAI Online & 99.5FM | THE EARTH WANTS YOU RADIO HOUR
December 11, 2016 | Joe’s Pub | GATHER!
December 15, 2016 | WBAI Online & 99.5FM | THE EARTH WANTS YOU RADIO HOUR
December 18, 2016 | Joe’s Pub | GATHER!