The Death of Talented Actor Owiso Odera-last performed in Washington with The Folger Consort

It is with great personal shock and disbelief that I share the news of the death of the talented actor Owiso Odera, 43.  I just saw him in a wonderful performance at The Kennedy Center with The Folger Consort.  Out of respect for his family, details of his death will not be published here until further notice.  Odera was slated to appear next in performances of Detroit ’67 with The Louisville Theatre.

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Owiso Odera last performed at The Kennedy Center in an evening of readings and Baroque Music with The Folger Consort.  (Credit:  Website)

After the performance at The Kennedy Center, I happened to be passing through a small reception, when Odera spotted the blazer that I was wearing.  He got my attention, I stopped and we shook hands.  He said “That is a really nice blazer.”  I thanked him and congratulated him  on the wonderful performance with The Folger Consort and told him that I hoped to see him perform again.  He had a wonderful smile and we clasped hands as we met at that reception for the first time.  He was very gracious.   It was such a quick, but meaningful interaction with a young actor, who’s life has been cut short.

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Owiso Odera (center) taking bows with The Folger Consort at the conclusion of Measure+Dido recently at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. (Photo:  Patrick D. McCoy)

Owiso Odera was a ’96 alumnus of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and was highlighted for his accomplishments by the institution.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Owiso Odera will be held in Los Angeles at the Skirball Cultural Center on November 19th 2016 at 2pm. Further details to follow.

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