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Arch Villain Theatre Company Debuts in Bridgeport

The works of Shakespeare are both timeless and timely. If a producer and director treat them as a museum piece, the plays will be stilted. The Arch Villain Theatre Company's goal is to give theatregoers a "jaw dropping experience." When you think about, that is what theatre should be - not just light entertainment.

Terenzio claims Richard III has "an unbelievable cast of people" and that "it's really bound to be a fantastic show." That's a promise that will very likely be delivered. The self-proclaimed "theatre orphans" Gilbert, Schleier and Terenzio know Fairfield County's theatregoers from way back. Schleier started at Norwalk's Crystal Theatre at the age of nine. She attended UARTS in Philadelphia, graduated with BA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan, and studied under James Brill at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Terenzio began acting at the age of 12 and has appeared at the Ripp Stage Company, BEST summer productions, AADA and HB Studio. Gilbert toured professionally for several years with various classical theatre companies domestically and in the United Kingdom. He is also known locally for his work with the Olde Tyme Radio Co, which performs at The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. The trio has worked together at other theatre companies. They promise to produce "the shows we want to see, tell the stories we feel need to be told and are committed to education, entertainment and excellence in theatre. Arch Villain is a company of theatrical visionaries on a quest to heighten emotions, envelope the senses and awaken the psyche."

Richard III opens on November 16th at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Tickets are $20.00 - $25.00. For more information, visit or

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Sherry Shameer Cohen Sherry Shameer Cohen is an award winning parachute journalist and blogger who is always looking for more challenging work. Her articles and photos have appeared in Connecticut Magazine, Greenwich Magazine, Stamford Plus, The Advocate, Greenwich Time, The Minuteman, Connecticut Jewish Ledger, The Jewish Chronicle, The Jewish Press, The New Jewish Voice, and various daytime magazines. She has stage managed, designed flyers, programs and props for community theatre and reviewed theatre for the Connecticut Jewish Ledger, Theater Inform and New England Entertainment Digest. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ken, and her two little drama kings, Alexander Seth Cohen and Jonathan Ross Cohen.

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