By Kent Larsen
Hallmark Adapts LDS Artist James Christensen's 'Voyage of the Basset' for TV
GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT -- LDS Artist James C. Christensen's "Voyage
of the Basset" has been made into a TV movie by Hallmark
Entertainment and will air on the Odyssey Channel in early March. The
film adaptation, renamed "Voyage of the Unicorn," features actors
Beau Bridges, Heather McEwen, Colin Heath, Kristian Ayre. Christensen
also recently introduced a new painting, "All the World's a Stage" in
commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Utah Shakespearean
Originally published in 1996, "Voyage of the Basset" was called a
"magical journey proves that 'one's imagination is where science
starts.'" The critically-praised book tells the story of professor
Algernon Aisling and his daughters, who set out in search of mythical
creatures aboard the H.M.S. Basset, pledging allegiance to the ship's
motto, "By Believing, One Sees." The Hallmark Entertainment
adaptation will air on the Odyssey Channel in two parts, on March 2nd
at 9pm and March 3rd at 8pm.
Most recently, Christensen produced a new piece of art for the Utah
Shakespearean Festival, the third time he has produced artwork for
the Festival. "All the World's a Stage" shows Shakespeare more than
fifty characters from all 38 of his plays. Christensen even added a
self-portrait in the piece, dressed in the guise of Julius Caesar.
Christensen earlier produced "Shakespeare's Island' for the
Festival's 25th anniversary in 1986, and "The Greenshow" for the
following year. Both pieces appeared on the Festival's souvenir
program cover, as will his new work.
Video of James Christensen introducing "All the World's a Stage"
Greenwich Workshop Art News 29Jan01 A2
James C. Christensen Artwork Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Utah Shakespearean Festival
Utah Shakespearean Festival Press Release 22Dec00 A2