Alums bring play debut to San Dieguito theater

ENCINITAS — The San Dieguito Academy High School will present a one-night-only benefit fundraiser for the school’s Theater Department at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Clayton E. Liggett Theater, 800 Santa Fe Drive. The special evening gathers talented alumni of SDAHS for the one performance. The play will then make its world premiere in Los Angeles in the summer of 2013.The play, “The End of It,” is written and directed by former student Paul Coates. It will be performed by an all-alumni cast, including Mary Jeffries, class of ‘71; Bill Barker, class of ‘73; Mike Ball, class of ‘75; Coates, class of ‘76; Sharon Corbett-Parry, class of ‘78 and Leslie Swartz-Bartlett, class of ‘83. The Liggett family is expected to attend, including Marty Liggett-Smith, Clayton Liggets’s widow, and his two children, Mark and Marcia.

Proceeds from the event will benefit SDA’s Theatre Arts Council, which funds a professional technical director for the theater and theatrical resources and supplies for SDA students. A pre-show reception, consisting of light appetizers and beverages, will start at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Clayton E. Liggett Theater. Desserts and beverages will be served at the conclusion of the performance. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased by visiting

“Each member of this cast was indelibly affected by our years at San Dieguito under the watchful and commanding presence of Mr. Liggett,” said Coates. “I work in the entertainment industry, having managed the careers of such actors as Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy, Miriam Margolyes, Toby Stephens, John Francis Daley and others and I would not be who I am without Clayton. My dad died while I was a student of Clayton’s and he took up the reins of a missing parent without my even knowing it and cast me at Willy Loman in “Death Of A Salesman” at the age of 17. I owe him so much and am thrilled to be bringing back some of his favorite students to perform this play.”

Coates has had his work produced in New York, off-Broadway in Los Angeles and throughout the country. In this play, “The End Of It,” three couples simultaneously dissolve 20-year marriages. The honest, often humorous and frank situation delivers a voyeuristic punch as the couples erupt with anger, blame, grief and ultimately acceptance.




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