Written & Performed by Adam Strauss
Directed by Jonathan Libman

“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 called it “riveting… true-life tour de force,” hailed by The New York Times as “mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain,” and awarded 3.5/4 stars by the Chicago Tribune, which praised it as “arrestingly honest and howlingly funny.” 

The Mushroom Cure, written and performed by Adam Strauss and developed with and directed by Jonathan Libman, 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.

JONATHAN LIBMAN is a native New Yorker who went through the public school system.  As a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit Jonathan specializes in new work that includes directing Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale), NEA recipient David Libman, and Dramatist Guild Fellow Nicole Pandolfo, and Dennis Russo (Lifetime Actors Studio Member)  among others. Jonathan recently won a scholarship to write and direct at Tony Spiridakis’ Manhattan Film Institute and has directed for The Collective NY, Nylon Fusion, and Ripple Effect Artists.

His full-length plays include Accidents Waiting to Happen (Rattlestick Theater Jam, Kitchen Dog Theater Finalist) and Please Leave the Light On (Bay Area Playwright’s Semi-Finalist).

He is currently developing a new play Assume the Position about Stop and Frisk 2.0 – you didn’t know? Grappling and giving a voice to the complexities of Policing and Black Lives Matter.

Selected upcoming directing projects: Rose Colored Glass by Susan Bigelow and Janice Goldberg and Kill the Buddha by Eli Walker (Drunk Yoga).  

Jonathan is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program and union member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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

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Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
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