NGR Boston in the Metro

Naked Girls Reading may change your thoughts on Dickens
SAM SWEENEY/METRO BOSTON
Published: December 13, 2011 5:57 p.m.


It’s that time of year again: a time for baking cookies, attending tree lightings and wrapping gifts. And don’t forget to attend a reading of your favorite holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol,” by Naked Girls Reading. Baby Jesus shouldn’t be the only one allowed to go bare this December.

Naked Girls Reading was founded in Chicago and is an international group, with chapters in most major cities. The name says it all: It’s a group of naked women who love to read.

“We’ve had a lot of interesting themes, but this is the first time we’ve done Christmas,” says Boston chapter hostess Mina Murray, who has been a reader since NGR hit the Hub.

The Girls’ holiday event is at Outpost 186, which only seats 35. Murray says this suits their birthday suits.

“I think it’s a much more intimate space,” she says. “There is very little barrier between the audience and the performers.”

That’s what Murray likes about reading: No matter the size of the audience, the lack of clothing gives listeners fewer distractions.

“I find that people in the audience, after the initial ‘Oh my goodness, they’re naked,’ I think they hear the words better. Nothing stands between the reader and the book.”

If you go

‘Do you look fabulous naked?’ Who cares?

Mina Murray isn’t new to bearing it all onstage. Her history with burlesque dancing and sitting as a nude artist model gives her the confidence to read clearly and calmly on stage.

“Appearing before an audience with little to no clothing on is not new,” she says. “I really enjoy speaking out loud. What’s great is getting other people involved.”

It’s not all about how good one may look without any clothes on, either.

“We’re not so much interested in the ‘Do you look fabulous naked?’ but how good of a reader you are,” Murray says.

Naked Girls Reading ‘A Christmas Carol’
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Outpost 186
186½ Hampshire St.,
Cambridge
$20-$30,
http://www.nakedgirlsreading.com/boston

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