Bookwaves/Artwaves – December 24, 2020: Noel Casler

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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The Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour is devoted to one interview this week.

Noel Casler, since 2018, has developed a large Twitter following based on his violation of an NDA, revealing information about Donald Trump gleaned from his six years working on the Celebrity Apprentice program, and before that, watching Trump in action at a teenage beauty pageant. He is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

Today a stand-up comedian working on a book about his experiences, Noel Casler spent two decades working behind the scenes at live events as a celebrity handler, with such stars as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and many others. But it was in 2015, having experienced Donald Trump on multiple occasions, that he decided to forgo his career and speak on the record about what he knew, first with the Clinton campaign (which chose not to follow up because of hubris and overconfidence) and later on Twitter, where he has amassed close to 300,000 followers.

In this hour-long interview, he discusses his background, the difference between the fictional businessman created for the two Apprentice TV shows, and the real Donald Trump, and goes into some depth about Ivanka Trump, who was his primary charge during the last three years of Apprentice live finales. He also discusses the role producer Mark Burnett played in the Trump make-over, as well as the role of Jeff Zucker in that endeavor, in charge at NBC at the time (and later at CNN).

: Noel Casler Twitter Feed


Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with authors. January 6, 6 pm: Alex Davies. January 12, 6 pm: Gretchen Rubin. January 14, 6 pm: Rameshwar Das.
The Booksmith  Berkeley Arts & Letters: David P. Barash with David Livingston Smith, January 13, 6 pm; Mary Ziegler with Becca Andrews, January 14, 6 pm.
Books Inc Elaine Costillo, January 21, 5 pm.
Bay Area Book Festival Ann Patchett, January 13, 6 pm. George Saunders & Tobias Wolff, January 15, 7 pm.
Kepler’s Books This is Now with Angie Coiro: January 19: Simon Winchester.

Curran Theatre: Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce: Pandemic, Streams through January 2, 2021.
San Francisco Playhouse. 2020-21 Virtual Season: Songs for a New World, streaming through January 15, 2021. The Jewelry Box extended through December 31, 2020. Art returns through December 31, 2020.
Custom Made Theatre Upcoming events TBA.
Theatre Rhino Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursdays.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) A Christmas Carol, radio adaptation of Carey Perloff’s adaptation, streams Dec. 5-31, 2020.
42nd Street Moon. Third Tuesday Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Magic Theatre. The Catastrophist, a world premiere play by Lauren Gunderson begins streaming January 26, 2021.
Shotgun Players. 30th Season starts in March: Every Time I Feel the Spirit by Noelle Vinas, a Zoom commission.
Berkeley Rep Looking Glass Theatre Company’s production of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, streams through December 27, 2020.  June, 2021: Swept Away, a new musical.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder from Florence, Tchaikovsky, streams on demand through December 27. Simple Gifts, conceived crafted and directed by Tim Bond, world premiere, Dec 10-27, 2020.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Philippa Kelly speaks with Shakespearean scholar James Shapiro about his book “Shakespeare in a Divided America,” January 12, 2021, 5:30 pm, on Zoom. Tickets required.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV, every Thursday at 6 pm.
Aurora Theatre’s A new ticketed audio drama, The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, streaming now. Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, Jan – Feb, 2021.  Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website.
Central Works Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, currently streaming.
New Conservatory Theatre Center A Mighty Queer Virtual Variety Show streams December 13 through January 3, 2021. In Good Company, episodic series podcast streams on the website.
The Marsh: International Solo Fest, archived streaming. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm
Brava Theatre Center: Winter Solstice Concert Series, all week, each night except Sunday, 7 pm, through December 31.
Pear Theater. The Path Back to Me, two one-woman shows, Full Fathom Five by Annamarie MacLeod and Becoming Othello by by Debra Ann Byrd, starts streaming December 4, 2020.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre It’s A Wonderful LIfe, a live radio play on demand streaming extended Dec. 27-30.
Remote Theater. see website for listings.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
Cinnabar Theatre. A Christmas Carol runs through January 3, 2021.The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne, streams January 22-31, 2021.
Ray of Light: Lizzie, the virtual musical experience, one night only, January 21, 6 pm.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc. This Is Who I Am by Amir Nizar Zuabi, directed by Evren Odcikin, a co-production with Woolly Mammoth, Nov. 29 – Dec. 27.
Cinnebar Theater. Young Repertory Musical Performance opens December 4. Streaming of the filmed Geffen Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol” to benefit Cinnebar and other companies, Nov. 28-Jan.3. Tickets.
Atlantic Theatre Company. She Persisted, the musical, streaming through Jan. 20, 2021,
Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.

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