Tony winner Scarlett Johansson will organize a benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town, featuring her and her co-stars from the Avengers series. Proceeds will go the Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund following the destruction and devastation caused in Puerto Rico.
Joining Johansson on stage in the benefit will be Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo, with more to be announced. Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct. The one-night-only event is set for November 6 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
“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."
Johansson, who plays Natasha Romanova (the Black Widow) in the Marvel series, won a Tony Award in 2010 for her Broadway debut in A View From the Bridge. She later starred in the 2013 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Evans will make his Broadway debut this spring in Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero.