Adam Strauss

-1THE MUSHROOM CURE

Written & Performed by Adam Strauss
Directed by Jonathan Libman

June 29 – July 7 | San Francisco
Saturdays at 8:30pm | Sundays at 5:30pm

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“Mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain.” –The New York Times

“Riveting…a true life tour de force.” –Time Out New York (Critcs’ Pick)

“Brilliant, hilarious and moving” –Michael Pollan

“The kind of story that deserves to be retold” — The Daily Californian

“A brilliant psychedelic comedian.” — Duncan Trussell

“Every aspect of Strauss’s presentation is personal in content and professional in technique.” –Berkeleyside Review

“With Adam Strauss and ‘The Mushroom Cure,’ The Marsh has once again produced a miracle of a show and one that is a must-see.” –Theatre Eddy’s

“Adam Strauss captivates his audience…a master storyteller…really funny…superbly made…” –Talkin’ Broadway

“Hugely intelligent; an incredibly engaging performer.” — The Scotsman

“Humor and heart wrenching sincerity.” — Berkeleyside Sincerity

“One hell of a trip.” –Broadway Baby

“Adam Strauss is brilliant.”— Doug Konecky, SF Theater Blog

“Hilarious ride through OCD.”Theatrius

Winner – Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance – New York Fringe Festival

Winner – Best Solo Show – Eddy Awards for Bay Area Theater 

Show Description

The Marsh is so excited to bring back Adam Strauss’ Off-Broadway hit The Mushroom Cure to The Marsh, San Francisco. Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. The true tale of Strauss’ hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, The Mushroom Cure was named a Critics’ Pick by Time Out New York, which praised it as “riveting… true-life tour de force” and hailed by The New York Times as “mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain.”

The Mushroom Cure, written and performed by Adam Strauss, first ran in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe garnering widespread acclaim. Critics called the show “hugely intelligent and incredibly engaging,” (The Scotsman) “outstanding,” (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine), and “a revelation” (Broadway Baby). Strauss’ riotous tale appeared next in the New York International Fringe Festival, winning the Fringe’s Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance. It then was given its Off-Broadway premiere at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre, where it had a sold-out, extended run.

Talkbacks

June 29: “The New Frontier of Psychedelic Therapy.” After the show, Adam will be joined by Dr. Eric Sienknecht.  In addition to cofounding Polaris Insight Center, a ketamine-assisted psychotherapy center, Eric is currently working on the MAPS-sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study for PTSD. Eric and Adam will discuss how psychedelics may reshape psychotherapy and psychiatry in the surprisingly-near future.

Artist Biography

Adam Strauss is a writer and performer based in NYC. He won the Leffe Craft Your Character Storytelling Competition and the New York Fringe Festival’s Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance. He is also a stand-up comedian who performs throughout the US and the UK. Strauss received his BA in psychology from Brown University.

Director Jonathan Libman is currently directing and writing for Amy Schumer’s ensemble company The Collective. As a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit Jonathan is directing Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale) in Palminteri’s new play The Bench, and National Endowment for the Arts recipient David Libman’s play The Townhouse, featuring Joey Collins.  He recently worked with Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti on her play Raw Bacon From Poland, featuring Sean Carvajal (Stephen Aldy Guirgis’ Jesus Hoped The ‘A’ Train). His play Please Leave the Light On (2015 Bay Area Playwright’s Semi-Finalist) and Accidents Waiting to Happen (Rattlestick Theater Jam) have upcoming staged readings in NYC.  Libman is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
June 29 – July 7 | San Francisco Studio Theater
Saturdays at 8:30pm | Sundays at 5:30pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

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  • September 6, 2019 8:00 PMHippie Kid 09-06-19 (Berkeley)
  • September 7, 2019 8:30 PMHippie Kid 09-07-19 (Berkeley)
  • September 13, 2019 8:00 PMHippie Kid 09-13-19 (Berkeley)
  • September 14, 2019 8:30 PMHippie Kid 09-14-19 (Berkeley)
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  • October 5, 2019 8:30 PMHippie Kid 10-05-19 (Berkeley)
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