In the wake of Hurricane Maria, which left the island of Puerto Rico devastated, millions are still without basic resources like water, food, and electricity. Because the crisis is ongoing, many celebrities are doing whatever they can to help. Lin-Manuel Miranda (whose lineage is Puerto Rican), for example, contributed a song to raise money. Scarlett Johansson is in Atlanta shooting the fourth Avengers film, so she's decided to get a few superheroes together and stage a little drama for hurricane relief.
On Nov. 6, Johansson and co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Evans will mount a reading of Thornton Wilder's seminal play Our Town at Atlanta's Fox Theatre. The event is being organized by Johansson, with help from the John Gore organization, and will be directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun). In addition to the Avengers stars, more celebrity guests are promised, and all proceeds will go to the Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund.
“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,” Johansson said in a statement. “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 costars 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 will go on sale Monday morning, so if you're in the Atlanta area and want to see a cool show while also helping out hurricane victims, now's your chance. We tend to worship these characters quite a bit, but it's nice to know their real-life counterparts can be superheroes too.