Southern California’s La Jolla Playhouse was well represented at Radio City Music Hall during Sunday night’s Tony Awards. The winners in both directing categories were not considered front-runners, but were outright surprises -- Rebecca Taichman for the play “Indecent” and Christopher Ashley for the musical “Come From Away.”
And both productions debuted at La Jolla Playhouse before heading to Broadway.
“Come From Away,” written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, chronicles the true story of a Canadian town, Gander, Newfoundland, that sheltered thousands of airline passengers whose flights had been diverted on Sept. 11, 2001. It had its world premiere at La Jolla in June 2015.