Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
Gift: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is giving $500,000 to Hartford Stage toward the production of the late Horton Foote's "The Orphans' Home Cycle."
Party line: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal nearly eradicates arts funding in his proposed state budget.
No surprise: Fundraising in the U.S. reached a new low in 2008, according to preliminary results from an annual survey.
Noble effort: Americans for the Arts, a lobbying organization, intends to ask Congress today to raise the annual appropriation to the National Endowment for the Arts to $200 million from $155 million.
Coming soon: The La Jolla Playhouse has announced its upcoming season, which will include works by Les Freres Corbusier and puppeteer Basil Twist.
Honored: L.A.-based Bethune Theatredanse company will receive the 2009 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors' Equity Assn.
Roll credits: Monte Hale, the screen star and one of the founders of what is now the Autry National Center of the American West, has passed away at 89.
-- David Ng
Photo: Horton Foote at the Booth Theatre in New York. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times.