UNTIL APRIL 1st, 2020


Written & Performed by Adam Strauss
Directed by Jonathan Libman

Mar 21 & 28 | Apr 4 & 11 | San Francisco
Saturdays at 8:30pm

Apr 18 & 25 – May 2 & 16 | Berkeley
Saturdays at 8:30pm

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

“Arrestingly honest and howlingly funny” (3.5/4 stars)  –The Chicago Tribune

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

“Brilliant, hilarious and moving” –Michael Pollan

“Hugely intelligent and incredibly engaging” –The Scotsman

“A brilliant psychedelic comedian” –Duncan Trussell

“A miracle of a show and a must-see”  – Talkin’ Broadway

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 AND 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.

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
90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+
Please do not bring infants to the show

Mar 19 & 26 | Apr 4 & 11 | San Francisco
Thursdays at 8:00pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm

Apr 18 & 25 – May 2 & 16 | Berkeley
Saturdays at 8:30pm

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

Buy Tix by phone:
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
(Additional service fees apply)

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