This is Part 2 of the Interview with the cast of the Variety Show “Love the Body Positive” currently playing at the Underground Theater during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Hollywood, CA.
In Part 1 we discuss how the idea for a NUDE PLAY and mandatory nude audience came about, as well as the many benefits we can derive from being a participant in the experience as an audience member – sharing in the vulnerability of the performers, thereby experiencing both the innocence and freedom that is shared when we meet each other truly as we are – not perfect, and perfectly human.
In Part 2 of the interview we get a bit more personal with the cast and touch deep emotions, share laughs and tears as they share how they have experienced feelings of safety, acceptance, lightness and belonging by bearing it all.
Meet the wonderful PERFORMERS
Brian grew up in a conservative LA suburb, but his passion for the arts helped mold his liberal thinking. He’s a small business owner, spokesman, narrator and film/stage actor. However, the theatre has always been his first love-whether performing or as an audience member. Brian has always enjoyed skinny-dipping, as he finds it liberating, sensual and powerfully life-affirming. Then one summer at the Burning Man Festival, he took a nude stroll with fellow burners. The shared experience was transcendent so he decided to try social nudity. He loved it, never looked back and enjoys a group where his fashion sense is finally respected! Brian hopes audiences find the show, Love the Body Positive, to be engaging and serve as a unique, body-positive experience.
Cat Cela, a native of Savannah Georgia, shares David Bowie’s birthday and totally geeks out over books and reptiles. Her most recent acting project is a goth suspense thriller titled “Promise.” Up next she will write and star in an upcoming webseries for YouTube, “Badass”! A skilled vocalist and self-taught guitarist, Cat is a nanny for two girl-kids by day, and a Disney princess for birthday parties by night. Performing nude through Love the Body Positive has been a freeing experience for Cat, and she believes in the body acceptance movement.
Amy Arrow is a stage and film actress who will try most anything to express the language of art. She is also a comic, a dancer, and she produces short films, utilizing her visual intuition in costume design and art direction. “Love the Body Positive” introduced her to naturism, which has become another beautiful outlet for her creativity, drawn to it’s healthy attitude towards accepting the skin we’re in, and finding safety in being nude in a respectful, communal setting.
They call him “The Wrinkled Rebel” but if that’s true he says he’s “going down fighting.” He’s comedian Marty Ross who started his stand-up comedy career late in life, so he may have to take a nap before the fight. Young people enjoy the fact that though he looks like their grandfathers, he certainly doesn’t act like their grandfathers…and old timers? Well they can just relate, period. Regarding doing stand-up naked, Marty says, “I have no problem performing in the nude. Hell, at my age half the time I forget to get dressed to go to the store.” Marty is now single, older, still very much alive and delighting audiences all over the Western US and on the Las Vegas Strip. “I can’t believe how many young fans I have,” says Ross. “They tell me they can relate too, because I’m just a wrinkled old teenager.”