The Footlight Club is the longest running community theater in the entire country and it's home is right here in Jamaica Plain. Footlight's President Kristin MacDougall fielded questions about the club's history, upcoming shows and more. Q: Why is it called The Footlight Club? MacDougall: According to our Club historian, Paul Campbell, the founding members met on January 29, 1877 to vote on a name for their new theater club. It was between Footlight, Jamaica Plain or Jabberwocky (from a Lewis Carroll poem.) Footlight won out, with eight yeas and one nay.