The Old Cart Wrangler’s Saga

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What to expect

We’ve all seen that lone shopping cart sitting on the edge of a parking lot. Who goes and gets it and brings it home? The cart wrangler, of course.

Brimming with easy humor, fantasy, and wisdom, David Ossman—of Firesign Theatre fame—gives the performance of a lifetime in this theatrical full-length monologue backed by a crack Kansas City jazz trio and recorded before a live audience at the Brick in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, on June 6, 2018.

Mixing voice, eclectic jazz, and sound effects, this performance breaks sound-art boundaries and may even break your heart.

Told in three parts:

1. Cart 437 or The Long Way Around

2. Cart 437 2.0

3. Cart 437 3.0 Potemkin

Includes a bonus interview with David Ossman and Brian Price

With Reverend Dwight Frizzell, woodwinds; Julia Thro, guitar; Patrick Alonzo Smith Conway, percussion; Tony Brewer, sound effects.

Executive producers: Judith Walcutt and Jerry Stearns

A production of Great Northern Audio Theatre and Otherworld Media

Critics Review

  • “This audiobook is a live performance of David Ossman, formerly of The Firesign Theatre, telling the story of the old guy who made it his life’s work to collect stray shopping carts and bring them home. The humor comes from the zeal Ossman’s character has for his job, which he equates with the cowboys of centuries passed who wrangled stray cows. The three-part monologue is backed by a jazz trio and recorded live at The Brick in Kansas City. The subtle jazzy background with occasional sound effects carries listeners along with the story of an elderly man who takes his last job more seriously than anyone could imagine. The story is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always intriguing.”

  • “Super funny!”

    Emily Solt McGee, actress and producer
  • “I saw it live! Wonderful writing and a great performance.”

    Marjorie Van Halteren, That Tuesday podcast, Lille, France
  • ”That is the best thing I’ve heard in a loooong time! Takes a lot to impress me, but you did it. I can’t think of anyone better than David Ossman to perform this piece…And in front of a live audience. Oh yeah, and Dwight’s backing was so nice to hear, very fine indeed. I have to admit, it’s rare I listen to a piece all the way to the end, but you nailed me in the first minute…maybe seconds.”

    Tom Lopez, ZBS, Fort Edward, New York

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