One Act. Two Women. One Room.

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Object Relations is a one-act play set in the therapy room that examines the nature of attachment, betrayal, creativity, and consent.


Samantha (Sam) Kanter is a 39-year-old writer, mom, and wife living in Washington, DC. She is off-handedly beautiful, darkly funny, and masking deep sensitivity and underlying trauma. Sam is at a career crossroad: Will she continue working in advertising as a copywriter or make a real go of it with her poems, which she quietly prunes “like little Bonsai trees” and rarely publishes?


Punctuated by six original poems and featuring a classic rock soundtrack, the provocative new play tells the story of Sam's relationship with Dr. Mimi Rose-Marcus, a honey-voiced, over-intellectualizing analyst. Rather than probing Sam’s surface problem about her career, Mimi sees an opportunity to explore something deeper and maybe further her own. 




Named a "Hot Pick" by Broadway World,

Object Relations had its premiere production April 24, 2021, as a live-streamed, staged reading benefitting the McClendon Center.

The performance drew 300+ virtual audience members and raised $4,000. The all-star cast featured Susan Derry as Sam, Anne Tolpegin as Dr. Mimi Rose-Marcus, and Liz Shivener as The Receptionist.








Object Relations Receives its First Public Performance

Susan Derry as Sam

Anne Tolpegin as

Dr. Mimi Rose-Marcus

Liz Shivener as The Receptionist