REVEREND BILLY AND THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR
RETURNS TO JOE'S PUB
NOVEMBER 26, DECEMBER 10 AND DECEMBER 17.
Weekly shows continue Sundays from Oct 29 to Nov 19 at Earthchxrch,
36 Avenue C (Loisaida Ave.) @ E. 3rd Street.
WHERE AND WHEN:
JOE'S PUB, 425 LAFAYETTE STREET (AT ASTOR PLACE)
November 26, December 10 and December 17, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Presented by Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
$15 plus 2 drink or 1 food item minimum, per person.
Community tickets available: Write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy tickets: https://publictheater.org. Info: (212) 967-7555.
EARTHCHXRCH, 36 AVENUE C (LOISAIDA AVE.) AT E. 3RD Street
Sundays October 29 to November 19 at 3:00 PM
Presented by The Church of Stop Shopping
Travel: F to Delancey/2nd Ave., then M9 bus; R to 8th Street/St. Marks, then M8 bus
Free; donations are accepted when the hat is passed. Info: 646-299-3019
Performing company's website: https://revbilly.com/
Running time for all shows: 70 minutes
B-roll is available. PHOTOS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UjcRVFcdiZ1nmh9j6
See the company's complete schedule at bottom of this document.
NEW YORK, October 27 -- Multiple award-winning Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir will return for the eighth year to Joe's Pub on November 26, December 10 and 17, all at 6:00 PM, in "Welcome to the Earthchxrch!" Each holiday season they revisit Joe's with their constantly changing show, an hour of rousing, moving, and then comic songs and sermonettes on the theme of activism in defense of the Earth. Designer and director is Savitri D.
This year's songs take the audience through the arrest-risking experiences of the political theater troupe. The activist/singers compose their own songs, delivering the passionate music in call-and-response to the secular charismatic preacher Reverend Billy. The songs recall a year of invading the lobbies of fossil fuel banks and defending eco-systems and parks against toxic spraying.
Performances of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir at Joe's Pub will be three Sundays at 6:00 PM: November 26, December 10 and December 17. Tickets are $15 plus 2 drink or 1 food item minimum per person. Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place). The box office is https://publictheater.org. For more info, call (212) 967-7555.
Beside this Joe's Pub run, the company will continue its weekly 3:00 PM performances on Sundays at Earthchxrch, located at 36 Avenue C (Loisaida Ave.) at E. 3rd Street. Shows there are currently scheduled through November 19. Admission is free; donations are accepted when the hat is passed. This event is family-friendly.
Please see company's complete playing schedule at the bottom of this document.
ABOUT REVEREND BILLY AND THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR
Performances of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir (https://revbilly.com) combine activism and highly responsive entertainment. They are constantly changing and include songs, rituals, audience testimonials, and a 15-minute comic-then-serious sermon by Bill Talen as the energetic, charismatic revivalist preacher Reverend Billy. Each show is different but all are motivated by a profound imperative: to strengthen individual connection to the Earth, to develop pathways to social change and to hold financial institutions and policy makers accountable for their role in the Climate Crisis.
The company's list of awards and honors includes an Obie Award, the Alpert Award in Theater and the Edwin Booth Award in Theater (among others).
Performances are distinguished by their musical score, which has been dubbed "radical devotional music for the Age of Extinction." A vast original repertoire has been developed collaboratively over two decades. Current compositions draw on multiple musical traditions, creating a unique harmonic landscape. Gospel and folk influences can be heard in their complex contemporary riffing and polyphony.
The 30-member ensemble is known for its creative and sometimes disruptive acts of resistance. They have exorcised cash registers in shopping malls, performed street theater outside of corporate headquarters, and engaged in various forms of civil disobedience, for which they are sometimes arrested. They have been closely involved with numerous activist movements (Fight for $15, Amazon Labor Union, BLM, Occupy Wall Street) and are widely known as pioneers of Art as Social Practice.
William “Rev Billy” Talen and Savitri D co-founded the Church of Stop Shopping in 2002. At the time, Savitri D had been manager of the Culture Project for two years. The parody televangelist character that Talen had created was becoming a familiar sight in street protests and Talen had begun adding singers to his Times Square preacher act. Savitri D’s feeling for public space performance begat a concept for "secular church shows," where 30 singers would risk arrest together, fight consumerism and climate crime and reference the drama of it all in song. Soon, Rev. Billy’s sermons morphed from comedy routines to dramatic pleas for human and earth justice. Musical leadership of the choir was bestowed on individuals who had their own careers and spelled one another as they become available. Leila Adu, who hails from Ghana and New Zealand, Ali Dineen, a popular singer-songwriter in New York cabaret scene, and Gregory Corbino, an orchestra leader of Bread and Puppet Theater, became rotating maestros.
What Talen and Savitri D created is a unique genre of performance art which might be called "Preaching Performance" or "Ministering Performance." Made of oratory infused with music and singing, each show is partly a concert, partly a Happening (in the Allan Kaprow sense) and partly a flashback to the ancient Greek Agora--the center of athletic, artistic, business, social, spiritual, and political life in the city, where citizens held forth rhetorically on issues of the day. (Agoraphobic is the term coined for people who fear to engage in the discourse of democracy.)
The 30-person Stop Shopping Choir is a radical performance community of singing New Yorkers who stage creative actions around the world. Over the years, they have performed in the lobbies of countless banks, The United States Congress, The Christmas Parade at Disneyland, and Monsanto’s corporate HQ as well as many popular theater, music and festival spaces. The singers are scientists, artists, dog walkers, builders, teachers, lawyers and students (to name a few). They move fluidly between protest and art, and have performed with punk squatters, in museums and on stage with Neil Young. They are the subject of multiple documentaries including Morgan Spurlock's "What Would Jesus Buy?" The ensemble's most recent album, "change with us," is accessible on the company's website, www.revbilly.com.
The troupe performs most Sundays in a converted bank in the East Village, located at 36 Avenue C (Loisaida Ave.) at E. 3rd Street. Upcoming performances there are at 3:00 PM on October 29 and November 5, 12 and 19 (as warmup to the Joe's Pub run). No reservations are necessary and admission is free; donations are accepted when the hat is passed. More info: www.jsnyc.com/season/Chxrch.htm.
COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
IN ALL VENUES (AS OF OCTOBER 23)
Subject to change.
Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 PM – Earthchxrch, 36 Avenue C (Loisaida Ave.)
at E. 3rd Street
Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 PM – Earthchxrch, 36 Avenue C (Loisaida Ave.) at E. 3rd Street
Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 PM – Earthchxrch, 36 Avenue C (Loisaida Ave.) at E. 3rd Street
Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 PM – Earthchxrch, 36 Avenue C (Loisaida Ave.) at E. 3rd Street
Sunday, November 26 at 6:00 PM – Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 PM – Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
Sunday, December 17 at 6:00 PM – Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
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Photos are available at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UjcRVFcdiZ1nmh9j6