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Two Plays Born At La Jolla Playhouse Garner Tony Nominations

Come From Away’ and ‘Indecent’ receive multiple nominations

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

"Come From Away," which had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in May 2015, just received seven Tony Award nominations including one for artistic director Christopher Ashley.

The Tony award nominations came out Tuesday morning, and La Jolla Playhouse saw two productions that had world premieres on its stages receive recognition.

“Come From Away,” which had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in May 2015 and then moved to Broadway, received seven Tony Award nominations. Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley received his third career Tony nomination for directing the musical about what happened when 38 planes were diverted to Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001 leaving thousands of passengers stranded in the small, welcoming town of Gander.

Ashley is currently celebrating his 10th year at the playhouse and just directed the musical, "Freak Friday" at the playhouse.

In a press release, playhouse managing director Michael S. Rosenberg stated: “It is tremendously gratifying to see our own Christopher Ashley and these two Playhouse-born shows be so warmly embraced on Broadway and receive such incredible award recognition. It’s a true testament to the caliber of work originating at La Jolla Playhouse, to the incredible production teams and staff who helped build and support this work, as well as to our devoted San Diego audiences, who consistently join us on the play development journey.”

Another Playhouse-born production, “Indecent,” received three Tony nominations. “Indecent” was co-produced with Yale Repertory Theatre, had its world premiere at the playhouse in November 2015. It moved on to Off-Broadway and later opened at Broadway’s Cort Theatre last month, marking it the 28th La Jolla Playhouse production to transfer to Broadway.

The Tony Awards will be presented at 8 pm., June 11 on CBS.

You can see two of the real people who inspired characters in "Come From Away" and meet the actors who played them below:

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