"You are surrounded by absurdity and the yawning abyss of Mickey Mouse's face. Reach up into his fascist eyes, and steal from that black smile, your Godsighting."
Mickey Mouse, Cindy Crawford's mole and the internet are not the usual fare for preachers but, then again it is The Church of Billy. Bill Talen returns to his pulpit in the latest incarnation of Billy at Off-Broadway's Dixon Place, finishing its scheduled run, May 2.
In The Church of Billy, Mickey Mouse is the Antichrist and Jesus just may be residing in the mole of Cindy Crawford. In The Church of Billy, Apocalypse is just 22 short months away and The Reverend Billy continues to preach his motto of "We believe in a God that people who don't believe in God believe in".
Talen's preacher gained a cult following through a public access television show, eventually leading to a Web radio show (The Church of Billy's Website) and live performances, in New York's Times Square. An earlier incarnation of The Church of Billy appeared at St. Clements Chruch, in October 1997. All performances of Billy will be simulcast live on his website, with web surfers urged to email their own private "Godsightings" to the Reverend at Revbilly.com.
The Church of Billy opened Apr. 16 at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery. For more information or reservations call (212) 219-3088. -- By Sean McGrath