Up Late with Alec Baldwin   |  October 18, 2013

Learning from ‘Waiting for Godot’

Actress and activist Debra Winger tells one final story to Alec Baldwin about the time a theater manager put things in perspective by telling her a story.

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>> i want to thank my guest, filmmaker/activist, debra winger . thank you for watching. i hope you will joan us nein us next week when we talk about food. why we don't eat what we should and do eat what we shouldn't. who is getting rich off americans getting fast. my guests, mark bittman , author of "food matters guide to conscious eating" and dr. neil barnard president of the physicians committee for responsible medicine and leading add voe scvocate for higher standard. hope you will join us. we will wrap with the story debra winger wanted to end our interview with about her broadway debut in "the anarchist" and its abrupt end.

>> i remembered one important thing. i wanted to meet the people in the box office . i hadn't met them.

>> what is this obsession, you had this obsession with the lalt is wo -- lattice work of the pro ducts. the guy that paints the set.

>> i'm one of them.

>> you know if you are in nasa you can't get out of the capsule.

>> you absolutely can. you just can't untether.

>> go on, the box office .

>> went up to the box office . it was a golden theater, which stayed empty after we closed. i won't go into that. and, the manager -- his father head run the theater before him and his daughter was about to take over for him. three generations of a family that had run that box office . so, already i am like, he is taking down newspaper clippings, he is telling me story, and it is fascinating. and i am out of my own deal. that's all you have to do to feel better something about something you feel bad about. get curious about some one else. he is telling a story. i need to till you a story. you are feeling confused and maybe a little bad . there was a show at the golden, this theater in 1958 . i know, my dad was running the box office . he said.

>> that tells you a lot about the theater right there. awe o

>> it ran 40 performances which is what you will run when you close. and there were terrible reviews. and that, you know, it only got to run the 40. and the reviews in fact i remember i have two of them here. and the headline read -- the headline begged the writer to never write again. i mean that mean. and he said "i tell you this story because the play had two characters as ours did. and it was -- kind of didn't have a beginning, middle, end, per se , it was two people talking for 80 minutes." and what was the -- and the play closed after 40 performances. and the play was waiting for goodeau. i don't know that i did it. i love that. i got that story. i'm christina caradona,