JACKSON & RECTOR COMPANY.See LIBERTY THEATRE, Galveston, TX.
BILLY JACKSON'S COMPANIES. The well-known minstrel man * Billy Jackson headed three vaudeville and minstrel troupes, 1890/94. The first was 1 Billy Jackson's Octoroon and Vaudeville Co., a variety troupe active 1890. Jackson and * Ambrose Davis were both the proprietors and stars. It played at the People's Th. in Paterson, NJ, and other locations in the East. Prominent members included * Maude Johnson and *Alf Weathers. J. W. Haines was orchestra leader.
The second company was 2 Billy Jackson's Colored Specialty Co., a variety troupe, active 1892. J. A. Martin was manager, and Jackson was the star. Other members of the company were Bertha & Jones, Frank DeLyons, Bobby Green, Gertie Jefferson, Ike Randall, Willie Russell, Will Tildings, and Annie Weathers.
The third troupe was 3 Billy Jackson's Minstrels, active 1894. Under Jackson's management, the company toured the Northeast, performing at the People's Th. in Paterson, NJ, and at Worth's Museum in NYC. Featured performers included * William ("Billy") Farrell, * Benn Hunn, * William ("Billy") Johnson, * Irving Jones, the Knickerbocker Quartet, * Fred Piper, and * Hen(ry) Wise.
JACKSON STATE COLLEGE PLAYERS // currently named the DUNBAR PLAYERS, Jackson State Coll. (now Univ.), Jackson, MS. Academic theatre group, active since the 1950s. Gloria B. Evans was an early dir. Member of the National Assn. of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA), which had formerly been known as the SOUTHERN ASSN. OF DRAMATIC AND SPEECH ARTS (SADSA). The earliest plays of record include the medieval French farce MasterPierre Pathelin