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Performed On Stage & Presented On-Screen


Reality Theatre Productions™


is an innovative theatrical genre originated by Dr. Mark Lerner where real people share real stories that inform and inspire audiences. While improvisation is spontaneous and presented without preparation, Reality Theatre Productions is a neoteric, unscripted, structured theatrical genre; Performed On Stage & Presented On-Screen™.

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, 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.



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 innovative nonfiction educational series entitled SESSIONS with Dr. Mark Lerner™ is fostering emotional wellness. This timely production features a psychologist and his “clients” — people who have walked the journey from victim to survivor and, ultimately, thriver. Instead of scripted sessions portrayed by actors, distinguished "real people” enact unscripted sessions, from years past, when they were grappling with challenging experiences. They then elucidate how they learned to harness their painful emotional energy, and use that energy to overcome. 


As our world becomes increasing technological, this timely stage and screen production demonstrates the importance of interpersonal face-to-face communication, particularly during challenging times.

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