Ernie is an ACE/121 resident! Get tickets here. Watch a 3-minute teaser here.
“Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame” is a sea-green version of the blues! It’s a one-man show that is like watching a bar fight go on between our lead character’s demons, influences, and aspirations. It’s a sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious journey filled with echoes of Shakespeare, Lightning Hopkins, Jack Kerouac, and your local Brooklyn New York archetypes and philosophers. It’s raw, it’s funny, it is universally human, and it is above all intelligent!
This show walks the spiritual alleyways previously stomped through by people like John Leguizamo in “Freak” and Danny Hoch in “Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop,” but with an extra element not even found in those two pieces, the enthralling ingredient added by Savannah, our main character’s beloved guitar! Accompanying Silva’s verbal eloquence, from her mouth come voices ranging from the likes of Jimi Hendrix to Andres Segovia, not to mention his own very distinct music. The show is unquestionably not your average thing, it is a New York street kid’s walking, talking proof that high concept tales are also found in broken yet crystal clear street poetry! That same type of heart-filled imagery that can be found enrapturing minds within the writings of Donald Goines just as easily as it can be seen gripping souls when found screaming in a subway, or anywhere you happen to be lucky enough to catch this one of a kind artwork!
“Heavy” has enjoyed a myriad of successes both in the states and internationally. The show has enjoyed full productions in Los Angeles, New York, Scotland, London, Manchester, and Amsterdam and has been met with both statewide and international acclaim.
To learn more about the show visit the website.
About the Artist
A native of Bushwick projects in Brooklyn New York, early on it became obvious that Ernie’s innate abilities for dramatic acting, guitar playing, and stand-up comedy would find some perfect union and form a magical link which “Heavy” puts on full display.
Ernie’s academic life has also been a range of successes. First, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. To build even further, he later added on a Master’s Degree in Acting from the University of Southern California’s Graduate Acting program in 2009. It was during his time at USC that Ernie began to write “Heavy” and make his mark in the world of one man shows.
These days you can find Ernie teaching personal storytelling to teens in inner city schools and incarceration facilities around Southern California.