Adam Strauss


Written & Performed by Adam Strauss
Directed by Jonathan Libman
Light/Soundboard Operator: Aaron Aguilar

NOW EXTENDED Through July 7

March 30 – July 7 | Berkeley
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm


“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 Berkeley. 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.

Post-Show Talkbacks:

Friday June 22: Bia Labate, titled “Plants and Medicines: Traditional Healing in Modern Society”
Saturday June 23: Kynthia Brunette, titled “The Path to Legal Psychedelic Medicine”
Friday June 29: Bob Jesse, titled “Psychedelics and Spirituality in the 21st Century”
Friday July 6: “Ketamine for OCD and Depression” with Raquel Bennett. Dr. Bennett is the Founder of the Ketamine Research Institute and the Organizer of the KRIYA Conferences. She primarily works with people who are experiencing severe depression, who are on the bipolar spectrum, or who are contemplating suicide. She has been studying the therapeutic properties of ketamine since she first encountered it in 2002. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Bennett’s practice has evolved to include consultation services for medical professionals who wish to add ketamine services to their offices.

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
NOW EXTENDED Through July 7 | Berkeley TheaterStage
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

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