Avengers: Infinity War star Scarlett Johansson is organizing a benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with all proceeds going to support the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Avengers co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo are confirmed to join Scarlett Johansson in a reading of Wilder’s classic play for the one-night-only event, which will also feature surprise appearances by celebrities and friends. All funds will be donated to the relief efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The event will be directed by Kenny Leon and is scheduled to be held on November 6 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
Scarlett Johansson made the following statement during the announcement of the event:
“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. 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.”
Scarlett Johansson presented the idea for the benefit while filming the latest Avengers film in Atlanta. Producer John Gore, whose John Gore Organization is backing the benefit, made the following statement:
“We couldn’t be happier to support our friend, Scarlett, and her co-stars in producing this evening for such a worthy cause.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale through FoxTheatre.org/OurTown on October 23.
The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and funds will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm. The fund will support organizations working on the front lines with these communities.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released in theaters on May 4, 2018.