Scarlett Johansson will star in a reading of Our Town.
Scarlett Johansson will star in a reading of Our Town.
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The stars of The Avengers — Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo — will appear in a one-night-only reading of Thornton Wilder's Our Town on Monday, November 6, at Atlanta's Fox Theatre. Directed by Kenny Leon, the event will raise money to support relief efforts in the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Set in the idyllic village of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, Our Town offers a glimpse into the American experience of small-town life that captures the universal experience of being alive, falling in love, and facing death. Its original 1938 production earned a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 1989 Broadway production garnered the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Johansson organized the concert reading, which will include surprise appearances by additional celebrities and friends. The Avengers is currently filming in Atlanta. The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy, 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.