It Takes One

It Takes One

Created by Joshuah D. Simpson | Directed by Ethan Abrams | Part of the 2017 Fringe Festival (

It Takes One is a deeper look into one of Stephen Sondheim’s most revered pieces, Into the Woods. This solo piece asks what happens when we step back to realize that we all are each and every character in Into the Woods; from the Narrators opening line, to Cinderella’s final note, the writers of this show managed to created these stock characters that have a thinly veiled layer of complexity as to forewarn us against an array of our own desires. It Takes One dives in between the lines of the show to talk about the greater level of identity politics as presented through the words of Sondheim and Lapine.

Arts Bank Cabaret, 601 South Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19147

Performances: September 8-10 | Sept 8 7:30pm, Sept 9 2pm, Sept 9 7:30pm, Sept 10 2pm



ETHAN ABRAMS ’19 (Director) is a Directing major. Past UArts Asst. Directing: Red 40 Musical, Pocatello, Apartment 27, Reefer Madness, and See Rock City. Past UArts Performance: Red 40 Musical, Sarah Flood in Salem Mass, and See Rock City. Regional: The Last 5 Years, and My Name Is Asher lev.


ANGELIQUE FOSTER ’19 (Stage Manager) is a Junior Musical Theater major at UArts.  Previous UArts credits: A Chorus Line


GENEVIEVE FARBE ’19 (Dramaturge) in the Directing + Playwriting + Production program with a focus in playwriting. She has been a part of UArts’ Equinox: New Play Festival as a playwright for the last two years. She opened a show this summer in New York City and will be in a playwriting festival in the Fall.


DANIEL ESPIE (Music Director) is a pianist living in Philadelphia. He recently attained his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Academy of Music. Daniel has maintained a busy schedule as a solo and collaborative artist, accompanying instrumentalists and vocalists, playing chamber music, and playing in theatrical productions in the area.


COLIN SASS ’18 (Lighting Designer) is excited to start his Sophomore year at UArts. Previously at UArts he has worked on A Little More Spring (Assistant Projection Designer and Projection Programmer), Edison (ALD/ME). He also worked on the Home Series last semester, Retrograde, as a Lighting Designer and Assistant Projection Designer. 



JOSHUAH D. SIMPSON ‘17 (Writer/Performer) is a Senior at the UArts. UArts credits: The Real Whisper and Sarah Flood in Salem Mass.  Regional credits: Horton the Elephant in Seussical, and Shrek in Shrek the Musical. May you find the peace you seek in your own woods. 


CAROLINE LEWIS ’19 (Joshette One) is a Junior musical theater major. Previous UArts credits: The Elementary Spacetime Show


MADDY MACKAREY ’18 (Joshette Two) is a Sophomore Musical Theater major, previously seen at UArts in Bomb-ass cabaret and Revivals! presented by the Music Theater Ensemble. Other credits include Saturday Night Fever (Annette) and Shrek the Musical (Fiona.) Thanks to Joshuah for the opportunity to explore an incredible piece of theatre!

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