237 W 42nd St
New York, New York 10036

Performance artist Bill Talen is "Reverend Billy" (Bill Talen) a revivalist preacher who leads the Church of Stop Shopping, a 50 person activist performance group based in New York City, led by Reverend Billy and Savitri D. Using the form of a revival meeting, on sidewalks and in chain stores, Reverend Billy and his gospel choir exhort consumers to abandon the products of large corporations and mass media. The group also preaches a broader message of economic justice and anti-militarism, protesting sweatshops and the Iraq War. Though it continues its street theatre activities, the Church has also appeared on stage and has toured internationally.

Added by Upcoming Robot on October 13, 2009