Foote still writes in longhand, although he's sheepish about owning two computers that he doesn't know how to use. "I really have got to face that in my lifetime," he says, to appreciative laughter. "I can't be that ignorant. I mean, it's just frightening when 5-year-old children can do what I can't do."
After more than an hour, the lights onstage are warm. Foote is tiring but unfailingly gracious as he joins the eager company members for a quick reception before Watson drives him back to his daughter's Pacific Palisades home, where he is staying.