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JOIN US IN CELEBRATING OUR 64th YEAR! 
Alabama's Oldest Continually Running Community Theater!

The Joe Jefferson Players opened its first production on December 17, 1947. The show was Angel Street, also famous as the film Gaslight. Our first production starred Emily Bell. Emily Bell McNally is still active at JJP as a member of our board.

JJP first moved to its current location in 1949, occupying a small church building. The first show in this location opened November 7, 1949. It was The Man Who Came to Dinner.

The original building was eventually condemned and after operating out of the Dauphin Street Methodist Church for two years, the current building opened in 1961 in its original location with the production Look Homeward Angel.  The playhouse was expanded in 1967 and has been in continuous operation ever since.

OUR BUILDING ON CARLEN STREET

JOE JEFFERSON
1829-1905

Jefferson was one of the premier actors in the late 1800s. He was born in Philadelphia, a fourth generation thespian. He toured with his family throughout the United States and the world. Jefferson lived in Mobile during his teenage years, and his father in fact died here in 1842 during the yellow fever epidemic. The senior Jefferson is buried in the Magnolia Cemetary on Virginia Street. Joe Jefferson was famous for his recurring role as Rip Van Winkle.