WOODBRIDGE >> The theater department at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, will present Thornton Wilder\u2019s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, \u201cOur Town,\u201d at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The play presents a timeless tale of everyday life in the fictional Grover\u2019s Corners, N.H. Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, and marry; enduring both the joys and sorrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the wonder of living. It has been called the \u201cGreat American play\u201d by Edward Albee. Wilder was a lifelong resident of Hamden. Although the play takes place in New Hampshire, many of the inspirations for it come from this region of Connecticut. Woodbridge resident, Yale professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, wrote a recent foreword to \u201cOur Town.\u201d \u201cIndeed the play\u2019s success across cultural borders around the world attests to its being something much greater than an American play: it is a play that captures the universal experience of being alive,\u201d Margulies wrote. When it was first performed, America was experiencing the aftershocks of the Great Depression and living under the impending shadow of World War II. Although uncertain times and fear characterized the period, Wilder focuses the play on the facets of the human experience that testify to the strength, and endurance of the human spirit. The New York Times hailed the play as \u201cbeautifully evocative,\u201d and named it \u201cone of the finest achievements of the current stage.\u201d \u201cOur Town\u201d cemented its place in history when Wilder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1938. For director Rob Kennedy, its New England setting and message about everyday life make it an especially relevant piece for the Amity audiences. \u201cEach visit to Grover\u2019s Corners reveals some new facet,\u201d says Kennedy. And while you may have seen it before or been in it in high school, Wilder himself points out that \u201cI Love You\u201d and \u201cI Suffer\u201d have been said many billions of times, and never twice the same. Kennedy hopes audiences will \u201cwatch with fresh eyes, for the first time.\u201d CAST MEMBERS \u201cOur Town\u201d includes ACT newcomer Brian Forbes as the Stage Manager who leads audiences on their journey through Grover\u2019s Corners; Emily Kilian as Emily Webb; Harrison Paek as George Gibbs; Carrie Ann Canfield as Mrs. Webb; Eric Greenbaum as Editor Webb; Alaina Dwyer as Mrs. Gibbs; and Ryan Rattley as Doctor Gibbs. Other cast members include Lili Querker, Evan D\u2019Onofrio, Ryan Rappaport, Maren Westgard, Shane Gordon, Jeffrey Gallo, Dean Pocwierz, Ben Kemp, Joyce Lin, Emma Ginshannon, Kelsey Paier and Kayla Zamkov. Set design by Kennedy, costumes by Julie Chevan, and lights by Dan Hassenmayer. The assistant director is Yuliya Faryna and the stage managers are Jacob Okolo, Jillian Gusciora and Sophie Clemons. The show will be presented to the Amity student body grades 8-12 as part of the Spartan Seminar Dec. 7-9. Tickets for the public performance are $10 and can be purchased at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by calling the box office at 203-392-2019.