Adam Strauss – The Mushroom Cure
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Tickets go on sale July 22 at noon
This performance includes content which may not be suitable for children.
Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes, it’s psychedelic mushrooms. For Adam Strauss—comedian, storyteller, and OCD sufferer—it was the latter that piqued his interests. Inspired by a scientific study suggesting that hallucinogenic mushrooms can potentially treat the symptoms of his obsessive-compulsive disorder, he embarked on a self-described “program of vigilante psychopharmacology.”
In this one-man show, written by Strauss and directed by Jonathan Libman, Adam engages audiences with his moving and comical true story involving clandestine chemists, a brilliant psychologist love interest, and even a geriatric pug. Adam’s relentless pursuit of his unorthodox cure is at once hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending.
The Mushroom Cure shows what a person will do to try to heal themselves.
Strauss presents his 100% true story with arresting vulnerability and honesty—something the standup comic views as an integral component to the success of his performance. When we spoke with him in April, he explained, “My goal has always been to try to make people really experience what I have experienced. To really connect with my audiences as deeply as possible and as authentically as possible.” This ambitious objective of authenticity rings true in the raw, stripped-down minimalism of Mushroom Cure’s set. Strauss is accompanied only by a small table and chair, allowing for almost no buffers between him and those he leads through his psychedelic quest.
Despite his energetic presence and humorous musings, The Mushroom Cure is much more than just an entertaining ninety minutes of one man’s story of triumph in the face of overwhelming adversity. In fact, for Strauss, it can be quite exhausting. “I have to bring myself back to a very unpleasant period of my life; it’s an intense experience for me. But, I really have a passion for sharing this story because it’s something that seems to really touch people deeply,” he said.
Strauss believes that facilitating an experience that tackles profound suffering with radical honesty and comedy provides audiences with something that they can carry with them into their own lives. He hopes that by connecting with others through his own story, this will enable them to realize that while their specific struggles are unique, struggle is universal. “I think one of the main reasons why people suffer is that we all tend to think we are alone in our suffering. I believe that we all do ourselves a disservice by not being more open with our struggles.”