Adam Strauss

-1THE MUSHROOM CURE

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

NOW EXTENDED Through June 16

March 30 – June 16 | Berkeley
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm

No Shows: June 1 & 2

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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

“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

“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.

Special TalkBacks

Friday April 13 – “Psychedelics: Harm Reduction and Healing” with Emanuel Sferios.
Saturday April 14 – “The Future of Psychedelics: Medicine, Law & Culture” with  Ismail Ali.
Saturday April 21 – “Psychedelic Explorations with Dr. James Fadiman, legendary psychedelic researcher and advocate and author of “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys”.
Friday April 27 – “Microdosing for Creativity, Mood, and Love” with  Ayelet Waldman, the author of A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life.

 

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 June 16 | Berkeley
Dark Nights: June 1 & 2
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.

Buy Tix Online:
To purchase tickets online, please click on a date below
(please review price descriptions above):

  • April 27, 2018 8:00 PMThe Mushroom Cure 04-27-18 (Berkeley)
  • April 28, 2018 8:30 PMThe Mushroom Cure 04-28-18 (Berkeley)
  • May 4, 2018 8:00 PMThe Mushroom Cure 05-04-18 (Berkeley)
  • May 5, 2018 8:30 PMThe Mushroom Cure 05-05-18 (Berkeley)
  • May 11, 2018 8:00 PMThe Mushroom Cure 05-11-18 (Berkeley)
  • May 12, 2018 8:30 PMThe Mushroom Cure 05-12-18 (Berkeley)
  • May 18, 2018 8:00 PMThe Mushroom Cure 05-18-18 (Berkeley)
  • May 19, 2018 8:30 PMThe Mushroom Cure 05-19-18 (Berkeley)
  • May 25, 2018 8:00 PMThe Mushroom Cure 05-25-18 (Berkeley)
  • May 26, 2018 8:30 PMThe Mushroom Cure 05-26-18 (Berkeley)
  • June 8, 2018 8:00 PMThe Mushroom Cure 06-08-18 (Berkeley)
  • June 9, 2018 8:30 PMThe Mushroom Cure 06-09-18 (Berkeley)
  • June 15, 2018 8:00 PMThe Mushroom Cure 06-15-18 (Berkeley)
  • June 16, 2018 8:30 PMThe Mushroom Cure 06-16-18 (Berkeley)
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