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Scarlett Johansson Assembles the Avengers (and Other Celebrity Friends) to Benefit Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Imagine Captain America as the narrator of Our Town. It’s kinda perfect, right? Well, I don’t know if that’s the role Chris Evans will be reading, but what I do know is that Scarlett Johansson is gathering her Avengers buddies, as well as some other celebrity friends, for a staged reading of Our Town, which will benefit Puerto Rico’s disaster relief effort.

The people of Atlanta, GA are really lucky in that this benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s play will be happening on November 6 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. So far Johansson, who’s currently in Atlanta filming Infinity War, has landed Avengers co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo, as well as additional surprise celebrity guests.

Johansson said this in an official statement:

“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.”

John Gore Organization is backing the benefit, and Gore says “We immediately asked how we could help. We couldn’t be happier to support our friend, Scarlett, and her co-stars in producing this evening for such a worthy cause.”

Proceeds from the evening will benefit The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund which is housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). Funds will 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.”

If you’re in, or can be in Atlanta in November, tickets go on sale MONDAY over at the Fox Theatre’s website. The Our Town-specific site isn’t up yet, but the address will be FoxTheatre.org/OurTown.

And now, because there’s never not a good reason for this meme, but right now it seems really appropriate:

(image: Teresa Jusino)

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