Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir is a New York City based Earth-defending performance community, Earthalujah! The Church of Stop Shopping has has 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. We resist extinction, but bring humor and music to the end of the world. And, we do get arrested a lot. Our street theater and concert stage shows always work in parallel. The activism is content for the play. Our director for both kinds of performances is Savitri D. Our music director is Nehemiah Luckett. We have won the OBIE, Alpert and Edwin Booth awards and The New York Historic Districts Council's Preservation Award (for leading protests to save Manhattan's Poe House).
We perform cash register exorcisms, retail interventions, and inside-the-corporation cell phone operas and weddings. We baptize babies into "a life beyond shopping." Outdoors, we have performed to tree-sitters in stands of redwoods, sung between cars in traffic jams at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, and held forth on the roof of Carnegie Hall in a snowstorm. We have achieved the status of temporary royalty at Burning Man, the Doo Dah Parade and the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island.