Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Actors Theatre Cancels Upcoming Production of Dominique Morisseau’s DETROIT ’67 Due to Unexpected Passing of Company Member

Owiso Odera. Photo by Lia Chang

Owiso Odera. Photo by Lia Chang

Actors Theatre has announced that their upcoming production of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 will be cancelled, following the unexpected passing of company member Owiso Odera.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Owiso Odera on November 3rd. He was a cherished member of the cast of our upcoming production of Detroit ’67,” said Les Waters and Kevin E. Moore of Actors Theatre in a joint statement. “Owiso was an accomplished and talented actor with an impressive list of theatre, television and film credits. However, he was much more than just a colleague. Owiso was a dear friend to many, and will be immensely missed by the performing arts communities all across the country. All of us at Actors Theatre are sending our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

The service in loving memory for Owiso Odera will be on Saturday, November 19th from 2 – 3:30 pm in the Magnin Auditorium at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Please arrive by 1:45 pm and bring a clear jar, at least 3″ tall that can hold a tea-light. We will be lighting them before the service. We encourage you to wear whatever color you choose as we would like to celebrate the life and spirit of our beloved Owiso.

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Photos: McCarter Theatre’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ featuring Cleavant Derricks, John Earl Jelks, Stephen Tyrone Williams, David Pegram, Shannon Janee Antalan, Owiso Odera, Miriam A. Hyman and Maretha 

Katori Hall’s OUR LADY OF KIBEHO on Time Out New York Critic Adam Feldman’s 10 best shows of 2014; closes December 14 

Orenthal: The Musical Screens at the Woodstock Film Festival, Featuring  Jordan Kenneth Kamp, Owiso Odera, Malcolm Barrett, Larisa Oleynik, Mimi Michaels, Bianca DeGroat, Paul Scheer, Eddie Steeples, Jonathan Slavin, Sarah Hagan 

Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks,Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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