It was opening night for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Sept ’01. Back before I started working at the Blackfriars. There had been all of the hoopla related to the first public performance in the playhouse and everyone was taking a break before the show began.
Back then, I was hesitant to go up on the stage, but I screwed up my nerve and went up. I just stood there gobsmacked at how wonderful it was (I still like to watch that reaction in others when they first see the theater). After a few seconds (or minutes), I realized Ralph was standing next to me. I knew him then through Mary Baldwin College, but not well, and I thanked him for making this dream come true. He replied that many people dreamed it to make it happen but I reminded him that he had dreamed it first.
Right then, I decided I would find a way to become part of it. It took nearly a year but I finally managed it and it is now one of my proudest boasts that I’m the ASC Jack-of-All-Trades.
– Sam Koogler, ASC J.O.A.T.