Echoes of Shakespeare, Hendrix and Kerouac charge solo artist/comedian/gifted guitarist R. Ernie Silva’s true-life tale about his odyssey across the great American outback. An 80’s break dance artist, Silva started performing at the age of 12 for NYC street music stations 107.5 WBLA and 98.7 KISS and at 17 was on the brutal stages of New York City’s standup comedy circuit. His fear of being yet another casualty of the street life of Brooklyn and the overdose of his older brother compelled him one night to run away in search of a more meaningful life.

Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame follows Silva’s haunting, touching and often humorous journey through the Appalachian mountains of N. Carolina, across the Midwest on trains with the hobos and little tramps, a stop in a jail in Kansas and finally finding his way to Los Angeles.

Written by James Gabriel and R. Ernie Silva. Performed by R. Ernie Silva.

Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame @ The Odyssey, Theater II, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd, LA, CA 90025. Thursdays through Saturdays @ 8pm. Click here for more information.


R. Ernie Silva.