Adam Strauss


Written & Performed by Adam Strauss
Directed by Jonathan Libman

NOW EXTENDED Through July 1

June 8 – July 1 | San Francisco
Thursdays & 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)

“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

“…amazing actor…one extremely talented comedian…Adam Strauss is brilliant.” –Doug Konecky, SF Theater Blog

“Hilarious ride through OCD…Adam Strauss takes us on a fabulous, perceptive trip.” -Theatrius

“A non-pharmaceutical source of pleasure.” — Theatrius

Show Description

The Marsh San Francisco brings Adam Strauss’ Off-Broadway hit The Mushroom Cure to San Francisco for its West Coast Premiere. 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.

Artist Biography

Adam Strauss is a writer and performer based in NYC. He won the Leffe Craft Your Character Storytelling Competition and is currently penning a memoir based on The Mushroom Cure. He is also a professional standup comedian, appearing nightly at many of New York’s best comedy clubs, and most of its worst ones. Adam received his B.A. in Psychology from Brown University.

Jonathan Libman recently worked with Christina Masciotti (2016 Guggenheim Fellow) on her new play Raw Bacon from Poland. He is a member of Lyle Kessler’s Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit where he is directing Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale) in Chazz’s new play The Bench, and National Endowment for the Arts recipient David Libman’s play The Townhouse. Jonathan has directed and written for Amy Schumer’s ensemble company The Collective, of which he is a member. His play Please Leave the Light On (2015/16 Bay Area Playwright’s Semi-Finalist) and Accidents Waiting to Happen) Rattlestick Theater Jam) have upcoming staged readings in NYC. Jonathan is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program and an All Star of the Hamilton – An American Musical softball team.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
June 8 – July 1 | San Francisco
Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+ | Please do not bring infants to the show