Transcript: Richard Ouzounian | Mar 06, 2000

A caption against a black background reads "Richard Ouzounian. Director, Broadcaster."

Richard is in his forties, clean-shaven with short blond hair, and is wearing a brown suit over a black shirt.

He says JOHN WAS MY
HISTORY TEACHER,
BUT HE ALSO RAN
THE DRAMA CLUB,
AND HE WAS OUR
DRAMA COACH.
ONE THING I REMEMBER
MOST ABOUT JOHN WRIGHT IS
I WAS REHEARSING A SCENE
FROM
JULIUS CAESAR.
I WAS PLAYING ONE
OF THE TRIBUNES
WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE
HARANGUING THE CROWD.
AND I HAD TO COME
IN AND SAY,
"WHEREFORE REJOICE?
WHAT CONQUEST
BRINGS HE HOME?"
AND I THOUGHT, IT'S
SHAKESPEARE,
YOU TALK LOUD, YOU PUT ON A
BRITISH ACCENT OR SOMETHING.
AND I DID THE LINE,
AND I DID IT BADLY
AND HE STOPPED THE
REHEARSAL AND HE SAID,
"OUZOUNIAN, I DON'T BELIEVE
A THING YOU'RE SAYING."
"YOU'RE NOT HERE,
YOU'RE NOT REAL."
AND IT SUDDENLY
DAWNED ON ME.
THAT'S WHAT
IT'S ALL ABOUT.
YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE
MOMENT YOU'RE IN
IN ANY ART FORM IN
ANYTHING YOU'RE DOING,
WHATEVER IT IS.
AND YOU HAVE TO BE REAL AND
GENUINE AND COMMITTED TO IT.
AND I THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT
HAD GONE ON IN THE PLAY
AND WHAT HE HAD SAID,
AND I TURNED AROUND
ON THE REST OF THE
COMPANY AND I SAID,
"WHEREFORE REJOICE?!
WHAT CONQUEST
BRINGS HE HOME?!"
AND THERE WAS A GENUINE
ANGER IN MY VOICE,
AND A GENUINE FOCUS.
AND BEFORE I HAD
EVEN LOOKED AT HIM,
I KNEW I HAD GOTTEN IT.
IT'S SOMETHING I CARRY
WITH ME RIGHT TO THIS DAY.
I KNOW THAT I HAVE
TO, AS HE SAID,
"BE THERE AND BE REAL."

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