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Shuttered Bijou Theatre In Bridgeport Reopens On Fairfield U. Campus

Bridgeport's Bijou Theatre has been rebranded the Vagabond Theatre Company and is opening its season this month on the campus of Fairfield University.
Bridgeport's Bijou Theatre has been rebranded the Vagabond Theatre Company and is opening its season this month on the campus of Fairfield University. Photo Credit: bijoutheatre.com

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport theater lovers can take heart. A temporary space has been found, and the upcoming season of the closed Bijou Theatre is about to open on the campus of Fairfield University.

The theater, which closed suddenly, leaving a void in the city's downtown entertainment scene, has been renamed The Vagabond Theatre Company of Greater Bridgeport and reopening in the Gonzaga Auditorium at Fairfield University.

Sadly, a few popular restaurants, Two Boots Pizza and Can Tiin, a French-Vietnamese establishment people raved about, have also closed, leaving doubts about this little upstart neighborhood's viability.

With the unexpected closure of the Bijou, John R. Smith Jr. and Tanya Feduik-Smith, newly appointed co-producers of The Bijou Actors Guild and Guild members, went to work to find the new space.

Smith and Feduik-Smith will serve as co-artistic directors of the Vagabond Theatre Company of Greater Bridgeport and produce three shows from the planned Bijou season.

"The Scarlet Letter" will open there Saturday, Oct. 22, with performances Sunday, Oct. 23, Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30. Performances are  Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

For tickets and the rest of the season's schedule, click here.

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