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Jim Anderson and BJ Hursh

Jim Anderson and BJ Hursh

Jim Anderson and BJ Hursh are both lifelong residents of Springfield, MO. They are fifth-year Theatre students at Drury University and have maintained a strong long-standing partnership as actors and playwrights in both academic and community productions. They have co-written five plays (four of which have been produced at Drury), ranging in subjects from semi-historical comedy to children’s fantasy. Both plan to graduate in May and pursue careers in acting, as well as graduate degrees in acting and playwriting.

1689

1689 is a raucous one-act comedy that explores the creation of England’s 1689 Bill of Rights. In this short farce, the great historical document is composed by unwilling authors on a Saturday morning in a dark, dusty basement. Complicating the work is a feisty maid who is determined to sleep with one of the clerks working on the Bill and refuses to be deterred by history in the making. The play builds toward a cascade of alcohol and comic violence with England’s future hanging in the balance. Unbound by historical fact, 1689 suggests that the greatest acts of government are not always born of noble circumstance or bred in sanity and reason.