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An Innovative Theatrical Production


The most authentic role one can play in the theatre,

on-screen and in life is oneself.

—Dr. Mark Lerner



Distinguished “clients” enact unscripted SESSIONS from a challenging time in their life and ultimately share how they harnessed their painful emotional energy to overcome. 




In 2008, an HBO drama entitled "In Treatment” debuted and ran through 2010. The program, about a psychologist and his patients, aired five nights a week. It won critical acclaim and numerous honors, including Emmy, Golden Globe and Writers Guild awards. There was clearly an audience 

for fictitious, meticulously scripted “therapy” sessions.


Today, an informational and inspirational production, SESSIONS with DR. MARK LERNER is presenting live on stage. 


ACT I is set in years past. A distinguished “client" enacts a particularly challenging time in his life in the sanctuary of a therapist's office. The audience is the proverbial fly on the wall, keenly observing the client elucidating authentic thoughts and feelings.


ACT II is set in the present day. The audience learns how the client worked to overcome his experience — opening the gate to how others, too, could walk down the path from victim to survivor and, ultimately, thriver.


While interviews are structured and cognitive, thought-based and rehearsed, SESSIONS are unscripted and real.


"Business Show"

SESSIONS can be presented on Monday evenings when houses are traditionally dark, or between regularly scheduled productions. The set, audio, and lighting are minimalistic—two armchairs and a table, drawing all attention to the client and psychologist — a “two-man show.”


Audiences will flock to the theatre to observe beloved individuals sharing their remarkable stories of overcoming, live on stage.


The premier theatrical production of SESSIONS with DR. MARK LERNER™, a benefit performance for the 9/11 Tribute Center, opened on September 5-7, 2014, just prior to the anniversary of September 11th, Directed by Jeremy Quinn at the White Plains Performing Arts Center — a 410 seat Equity Regional Theatre.


SESSIONS™ featured Bobby Senn, a retired FDNY firefighter and survivor of 9/11 and a special appearance by Broadway actor David Gabriel Lerner (AEA), who served as the narrator and vocalist.


This timely production, fostering emotional wellness, focuses on how people live through and overcome challenging experiences. It is now available, live on stage, for all theatres. Distinguished “clients" inform and inspire audiences around the world.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

David Gabriel Lerner (AEA), Dr. Mark Lerner, Lee Ielpi, Board President of the 9/11 Tribute Center, Bobby Senn and CEO of the 9/11 Tribute Center Jennifer Adams-Webb.


© 2018 Dr. Mark Lerner

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