9:01am PT by Ashley Lee
Scarlett Johansson Sets 'Our Town' Reading With 'Avengers' Cast for Puerto Rico Relief
The actors of The Avengers are teaming up for Puerto Rico.
Scarlett Johansson has organized a reading of Thornton Wilder's classic play Our Town with Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Maximiliano Hernandez. The event will take place on Nov. 6 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, where the next two installments of the Marvel franchise are currently being filmed.
Kenny Leon will direct the reading, presented by the John Gore Organization and set to include additional surprise appearances. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to support The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund. Tickets go on sales on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. ET.
"The struggle faced by Puerto Rican residents since their island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria is terribly heartbreaking and has left many feeling hopeless and helpless," stated Johansson. "It is a great privilege to be able to participate in whatever way I can, to provide some relief to those that are struggling to access even the most basic of human needs in the aftermath of this disastrous event. Please help me and my co-stars in coming together for an extraordinary, one-time-only evening to raise lifesaving funds for a devastated island and to help celebrate the true meaning of community with this unique reading of a great American classic."
Set in the idyllic village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, Our Town is a glimpse into the American experience of small town life that captures the universal experience of being alive, falling in love and facing death. The original 1938 production won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and the 1989 Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. Updated with Renner and Hernandez.