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Monster Mash: J.D. Salinger letters to go on display; Leonardo the action hero; the U.S.-Cuba connection

March 11, 2010 |  9:07 am

Salinger --Pen pals: Ten letters and a postcard written by J.D. Salinger to his friend, painter and illustrator Michael Mitchell, will go on exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, offering a rare glimpse into the private life of the famously reclusive author, who died in January. (Wall Street Journal)

--Renaissance man: Artist. Inventor. Action hero? Warner Bros. has picked up a movie treatment for "Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever," in which Da Vinci joins a secret society and is plunged into a series of adventures involving demons and lost civilizations. (Hollywood Reporter)

--Bridging the gulf: A ground-breaking theater collaboration -- involving several Cal Arts grads --uses technology to bring together American and Cuban actors for a tale of cross-cultural romance.
(Miami Herald)

--Freedom fighter: A collection of Harriet Tubman artifacts -- including the Underground Railroad heroine's personal hymnal and a rare photographic portrait -- has been donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. (Washington Post)

--New York marathon: A 12-hour performance of "The Demons," director Peter Stein's adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novel, will receive its North American premiere at this summer's Lincoln Center Festival in New York. (New York Times)

--Songs for Sondheim: "Spring Awakening" collaborators Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater have joined the list of theater writers contributing material to the Roundabout Theatre Company's benefit honoring composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday. (Playbill)

And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty pays his first visit to the musical "Cats;" a controversial new documentary examines the controversial fate of the Barnes collection of art.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Salinger in 1951. Credit: Associated Press / The Lotte Jacobi Collection, University of New Hampshire