Next Stage presents 'The Mushroom Cure'

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PUTNEY >> Next Stage Arts Project presents "The Mushroom Cure," with Adam Strauss, at Next Stage for one night only on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, available, online at nextstagearts.org. The newly-renovated, accessible Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill.

"The Mushroom Cure" was inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. By turns hilarious and harrowing, "The Mushroom Cure" is the true story of Adam's attempt to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics.

This unique theatrical experience, starring Strauss and directed by Jonathan Libman, first ran in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, garnering widespread acclaim before being work-shopped in the New York Fringe Festival, where The New York Times said it "mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain" and Time Out New York called it "riveting ... a true-life tour de force" and named it a Critics' Pick. The piece also won it won the Fringe's Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance. "The Mushroom Cure" has also been presented at New York's Cherry Lane Theater and the Broadway Comedy Club.

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

Winner of the 2014 ArtPlace America Grant, Next Stage Arts Project has re-opened with a newly-renovated, air-conditioned, accessible, state of the art facility. Next Stage is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney's cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted hundreds of events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, theater and a spoken word series.

Information about upcoming events and more at www.nextstagearts.org.


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