Scarlett Johansson is assembling her “Avengers” co-stars to perform a benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town.”
Proceeds from the reading, which takes place on November 6 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, go to the Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund. Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on September 20.
Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Mark Ruffalo are confirmed to join Johansson onstage, with other stars still to be announced. Tony winner Kenny Leon is directing.
“Our Town,” written in 1938, tells the story of the fictional American town Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, between 1901 and 1913. The play is set in a theater where the story is being “performed” for an audience using a mostly bare stage, making it ideal for a reading.
“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,” said Johansson in a statement. “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.”
Tickets for the event go on sale on October 23 on the Fox Theatre website.