In late 2012, a director was inspired to devise a production utilizing everyday household items. This director and his creative team would use these items in inventive and unexpected ways to engage the collective imagination. A poem was selected to adapt: Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. With the cast and crew solidified, devising went underway. The charming production came to life in spring of 2013, delighting audiences at Strawdog Theatre Company. The Hunting of the Snark was a critical and commercial success. Realizing that they were bound by a magical passion, the group decided to continue devising, creating, and playing. They selected a name for the new-found troupe, borrowing a phrase from the Lewis Carroll poem:
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope.
The Forks and Hope Ensemble set their eyes to a second adaptation: Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Another magical devising process led to more delighted audiences and sold-out performances. With a second show completed by spring of 2014, the troupe could not resist the opportunity of revising and remounting their seminal production. That summer, Forks and Hope toured The Hunting of the Snark around the city, performing in association with the Chicago Park District. The troupe then set sail across the Atlantic to perform at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Now an international sensation, Forks and Hope settled down to devise their third show: The Pied Piper. Performed in early 2015, the production was yet another success. The troupe is now in rehearsal for their fourth production: Robin Hood & Maid Marian. Forks and Hope continues to uphold their mission of engaging the collective imagination, and they look forward to many magical moments to come.
Forks & Hope celebrates the honesty in simple stories using the musicality of movement. We invite our ageless audiences into worlds of imagination and wonder. Ensemble energy fuels our creations.