Backyard Theater with Local Actress and Playwright | Greenwich Moms

Mia Gyesky is a local mom, actress, and playwright. She has built and extensive career around what she likes to call “mission Art” and she has created an incredibly rewarding experience for children in her own backyard. Take it away, Mia!
Mia: Using the tools of storytelling and the world of theater to bring light to a subject that I believe is important to communicate and share. After having two children and setting up life as a mom here in town, my daily jaunts to New York became less and less appealing.
My work previously dealt with rather grown up or pre teen angst issues. With two young babies I began to discover my voice in the world of children’s tales. I published my first children’s book and thought “hey why not develop something for the stage for my kids to see?”
My son has always had very vivid dreams and “nightwakings” to calm him I decided to get a dream catcher to hang above his bed. And teach him the meaning behind the catcher. This helped him identify when he’d wake what was real and what was not. And allowed him to feel at ease and protected.
I then began to develop this play from dreams he would tell me about and we’d sort of collaborate together. I then brought in Joanna Levine a highly acclaimed musician and children’s educator – she’s developed a fabulous score. It is amazing watching children get lost in the world of make believe- you really start to believe in the magic yourself and realize anything is possible.

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Performing in my backyard seemed like the necessary progression. My yard is always full of children playing , discovering and having fun. I have a very genius (and patient)  husband that gives color to my own dreams. So when I said “hey I was thinking I’d preview my show here in the yard before taking it to New York” he went along with it and built me a stage.
The play “Ojibwe and The Dreamer” is high energy and lots of fun, with a unique, inspiring important message for children: To never be fearful of dreaming…”for if a dream doesn’t end the right way, let go of it and find a new dream to play.”
It is exciting to be echoing the Native American traditions of storytelling and of a dream catcher on the rocks of Cos Cob that are rich in Native history.
It is also incredibly rewarding inspiring children of our community with love of art, culture and theater. All proceeds will be donated to Kids in crisis to raise awareness to the fabulous work they do at helping children Dream again!
So please book your tickets now to bring your preschoolers!

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