For Immediate Release
Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Launch “Faster Monsanto! Die, Die!” World Tour
Reverend Billy Faces Up To One Year in Jail for His Black Lives Matter Sermon
NEW YORK, NY. - During the “Faster Monsanto! Die, Die!” tour, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir confront Monsanto, the company responsible for Agent Orange, PCBs, GMOs, Bovine Growth Hormone and Glyphosate, recently designated as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
The travelling singing-activists are led by Savitri D, director of the concert shows and interventions, and Nehemiah Luckett, music director. Throughout the tour, the group will stage non violent direct actions in corporate and public space.
April 17 // Live Ideas: S K Y - Force and Wisdom in America Today curated by world renowned visual artist, inventor and performer Laurie Anderson in conjunction with New York Live Arts Artistic Director Bill T. Jones, New York, NY
April 24-25 // Donau Festival curated by Tomas Zierhofer, Krems an der Donau, Austria
April 27 // Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England
April 29 // Colchester Arts Center, Colchester, England
May 2 // Wilton’s Music Hall, London, England
May 3 // Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland
May 15 // Monty Hall, WFMU’s theater, Jersey City, NJ
May 23 // March Against Monsanto, Chicago, IL
Reverend Billy faces up to one year in his Black Lives Matter Sermon in Grand Central Terminal in New York City. He was arrested in the midst of a 24-hour peaceful vigil honoring 170 people killed by police and charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration. Reverend Billy’s attorneys have filed a notice of intent to sue for false arrest, libel, slander, and other related claims on his behalf.
In 2014, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, artists-in-residence at the Public Theater in New York City, performed their show, “Monsanto is the Devil!” at Joe’s Pub. They performed and enjoyed an organic Thanksgiving meal on the front lawn of Monsanto’s World Headquarters in Missouri with local activists. They also exorcised Monsanto’s office in Massachusetts.
Reverend Billy is an activist, stage performer and author who has been arrested more than 50 times. He has released three CDs, three documentary films, and published three books. He won an OBIE Award, Alpert Award, The Dramalogue Award and The Historic Districts Council's Preservation Award for his work. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Evening News, Nightline, Fox News, Al-Jazeera, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Colmes, Democracy Now!, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace,” Geraldo Rivera, CNN, The Tavis Smiley Show, The BBC World Service, BBC 1 and numerous international print outlets.
The Stop Shopping Choir is an all-ages, 40-member singing group, under the direction of Savitri D with musical director Nehemiah Luckett. The choir represents 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. They are the subject of Morgan Spurlock’s second feature film, What Would Jesus Buy?
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir is a radical performance community based in New York City, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands.