On November 6th in Atlanta, Georgia, cast members of the upcoming Avengers movie and other Marvel Studios films gave a reading of Our Town to raise money for hurricane-damage relief in Puerto Rico. The Hollywood stars included Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, and Jeremy Renner.
As reported by Vanity Fair, “It was Johansson […] who introduced the evening, having come up with the idea for the reading in partnership with the John Gore Organization, recruited her co-stars, and persuaded Disney to foot the bill for the minimal set design. ‘Our Town is almost this kind of warrior cry to remind us of the fragility of life,’ Johansson told the crowd. ‘It reminds us to be present and to live moment to moment with one another and to look at each other, to really see one another. It’s about community, helping other people, being compassionate, reaching across lines to lift somebody out of a tragic situation. It’s all about human connectivity, and theater is all about human connectivity.'”
The event, which included a post-reading meet-and-greet with the cast, raised $500,000 for the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund at the Center for Popular Democracy.
Visit the Vanity Fair website to read the complete article.
Additionally, visit Broadway.com for another overview of the production and humanitarian efforts.
Finally, visit The John Gore Organization’s website for the synopsis and poster of the one-night event.