Created by: Nick Hart, Bo Frazier, Jamal Howard, Katie Norregaard, and Julie Ritchey
in partnership with Filament’s Youth Collaborator team

A FREE outdoor, exploratory play located in Portage Park

In a world full of Nos, Can’ts, and Impossibles, a very special group of citizens believe that things can be different than they are. They each have with them a secret: their own Yes

The citizens of this Land of No must carry their Secret Yes safely through lands where they encounter helpers and obstacles, and ultimately reach a community space of possibility where their Yes can bloom.

Located outside in Portage Park, small groups of families are invited to journey the Land of No, exploring advocacy, resilience, community and changemaking.

Dates: August 28- September 26, 2021
Times: Saturday @ 11am & 2:00pm; Sunday @ 2:00pm
Price: FREE (advanced registration required, capacity is limited)
Ages: Although The Secret Yes is best enjoyed by ages 5+, all ages are welcome at Filament Theatre! Click here for more information.

Contact:; (773) 270-1660
Address: Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave. Chicago, IL 60641

Additional Info

Run time and information: About 90 minutes.

Small groups will follow a Yes Agent into the Land of No. The experience will last approximately 60 minutes. Audiences are encouraged to come 15 minutes early to participate in activities!

COVID-19 Safety: Masks are required for all audience members 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status. Performers will not be masked and we ask that audiences keep a respectful distance from performers. The entire experience will take place outdoors.

If you or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or has received a positive COVID-19 test, please stay home and contact us at and we will happily exchange your tickets for a later date.

More questions about your visit to Filament? Checkout our Plan Your Visit page or reach out to us:; 773.270.1660

The Team

The Creative Team

Lead Artists: Nick Hart, Bo Frazier, Katie Norregaard, Jamal Howard, and Julie Ritchey

Director: Julie Ritchey

Associate Producer: Reji Simon

Production Teaching Artist: Molly Bunder

Stage Manager: Monica M. Brown

Production Manager: Noël Huntzinger

Costume Stylist: Auden Granger

Scenic Stylist: Mariah Bennett

Contributing Playwrights: Dionne Addai, Jessica Wright Buha, Anthony Whitaker

The Performers

Abby Thompson

Bo Frazier

Dionne Addai

Deanalís Resto

Daniel Gadaj

Michele Stine

Nick Hart

Samantha Nieves

Sofia Tew

Sonia Goldberg

Understudy Performers

Jonathan Lee-Ray

Elizabeth Nungaray

Youth Collaboration

Youth collaborators and artists explored words through movement together at the first workshop for The Secret Yes on June 29th

About the process:

The Secret Yes was created in partnership with a team of Youth Collaborators, ages 6-13, who’ve been integral to the production from the very beginning. Young people were invited in for free workshops with professional artists where they shared their thoughts on advocacy, resilience, community, and changemaking through games and activities. Their ideas built the Land of No and everyone inside of it.

Thank you to The Secret Yes Youth Collaborators!

Aaliyah, 7

Aidan, 8

Alejandro, 9

Alex, 10

Alice, 11

Amaya, 8

Ansel, 8

Arlo, 8

Brenna, 6

Celia, 7

Claire, 8

Clare, 9

Cole, 7

Daemon, 8

Dominick, 11

E., 8

Freya, 11

Lena 7

Lily, 9

Luca, 7

Lucca, 11

Marin, 9

Nate, 11

Nevin, 9

Santi, 11

Veda, 10

Zuri, 13


Pictures from workshops and rehearsals:

School Groups

School field trips are not available for this production. However, school groups are welcome to purchase group tickets to public weekend performances. Please email for more information or to learn about future field trip opportunities.

Help make The Secret Yes free for all families!

The Secret Yes is a play about resilience, advocacy, and change-making in our communities. Our first public performance since March of 2020, it is our dream to welcome all families to The Secret Yes for free! If you are in a position to support, please consider donating.

Sponsored Performances:

Filament Theatre Board of Directors: September 4-5

Portage Grounds and Perkolator: September 11-12

Philip Schwartz and the Portage Park Neighborhood Association: September 18-19

The Six Corners Association: September 25-26

Organizations interested in sponsoring this production, please email

The Secret Yes is made possible by Filament’s generous funders including The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The City of Chicago- Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Foundation, and more!.