Written by Candido Tirado
Dominic Colon, Flaco Navaja and
R. Ernie Silva

The Theatre District at The Cast
804 North El Centro
Hollywood, CA 90038

September 1, 2002
Contact: Alice Ensor
Coordination Manager


Visiting New York Troupe brings "Moma's Boyz" an original work by Candido Tirado to
The Theatre District

October 23rd through November 24th

HOLLYWOOD, CA – Actor R. Ernie Silva auditioned at a monthly open call audition at The Theatre District in May of 2002. His story seems fairly common, he was a recent actor transplant from New York City, and like many actors new to Los Angeles, he was making the rounds and auditioning wherever possible. His story took a slightly different turn however, when he so impressed the auditioning staff with a monologue from an original work entitled Momma’s Boyz, that a dialogue developed between he and the artistic team about the origins and intent of the piece.  After countless phone calls, conversations with award winning writer/director Candido Tirado, emails with Company Manager/Associate Producer Katy Savard, and an enormous amount
of scheduling adjustments - 

R. Ernie Silva and the cast of Momma’s Boyz will be performing the work in
co-production with The Theatre District on it’s Circle Stage this coming October Like the magical intervention in Momma’s Boyz – for one actor, an open call audition turned out to have a “magical” intervention of its own. Momma’s Boyz is the story of 3 friends who live in the projects, they have dropped out of school, in the present they find themselves without any money, the only option they seem to have is to sell drugs, but something magical intervenes opening up other options. Audiences love Momma’s Boyz uplifting message and uniqueness. Momma’s Boyz is far from being “just another drug play”.

 “The three man reverse tragedy, as Tirado dubs it, is one of the greatest examples of motivationally intimate theater I have ever witnessed. The usual theory of time is abandoned as the tale is told backwards, and, what’s most unique, the real decision is made at the end, which is really the beginning. If you can imagine navigating through that Rubix masterpiece, you have a glimpse of Tirado’s genius.” (Backstage.com).  

Momma’s Boyz had its premiere in the spring of 2000 at the Latino Theater Festival where it ran from March to June of 2000. The Latino Experimental Fantastic Theater originally produced it in an evening of one acts called “At Risk”. “At Risk” was a series of three one acts written by three of the most prominent and influential Latino playwrights today. Carmen Rivera’s, “The Power of Words” and Michael John Garces’ “Now and Then” were included in the evening but it was Candido Tirado’s Momma’s Boyz that captivated the audiences’ attention, sending them into raucous laughter and emotional tears in every performance. The run at the Latino Theater Festival proved to be only the beginning for Candido Tirado’s Momma’s Boyz. Mr. Tirado was asked by award winning solo performer/actor Danny Hoch, to bring Momma’s Boyz to his 2nd Annual NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival where they broke a Hip Hop Theater festival record by selling out all its High 5 tickets TWO WEEKS BEFORE the show opened. High 5 is a program for NYC High School Students where the young people are
allowed to purchase theater, museum, or any other ticket for five dollars instead of paying the usual
price for admission. Momma’s Boyz was featured in the newsletter Play by Play, a theater newsletter written by NYC High School students for their peers. Momma’s Boyz first run had such great word of mouth that once word was spread that they were returning for a limited engagement, teachers and students immediately put in their reservations. 

The word of mouth on Momma’s Boyz continued to spread so much so that everyone could not
be accommodated at the performances at the Hip Hop Theater festival and people had to be turned away. A critic from Backstage.com stated in his review “Friday night featured Candido Tirado’s Momma’s Boyz, from the start it was apparent this would be no ordinary performance: its is not often such a crowed gathers off off-Broadway theater. But the capacity 200 seats saw 274 spectators as “standing room only’ was redefined in epic fashion.” (Backstage.com) Momma’s Boyz was written by Candido Tirado, who is the receipt of multiple playwriting awards, has been workshopped at Sundance Theater Lab and was a staff writer for the TV show Ghostwriter. Momma’s Boyz stars actor/national standup Comic, R. Ernie Silva, actor/M.T.V. Personality, Dominic Colon, and actor/poet Flaco Navaja. A statement by Mr. Tirado best exemplifies why audiences should see Momma’s Boyz, “This play is sad at times, scary at times, but uplifting in the end. Dominic Colon, R.Ernie Silva and Flaco Navaja, are the actors who portray these characters. These three accomplished thespians have a beautiful chemistry on stage, which I have never seen in my twenty odd years in this business. So there are many reasons to come and see Momma’s Boyz, but the main one is that you will have a good time. ”Momma’s Boyz will also be contacting local high schools in hopes of performing the show throughout LA. The company is very dedicated to bringing theater to those who do not “normally” view it. Interested groups should contact Katy Savard at qtkaty_79@yahoo.com

Momma’s Boyz will preview on Wednesday, October 23rd and begin regular performances on Thursday, October 24th. The show will continue its run through Sunday, November 24th. Regular show times are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are just $15, but on October 31st and November 7th we will offer special "Pay What You Can" performances. Group, Senior, and Student Discounts are available. 

The theatre is located at 804 N. El Centro, just two blocks North of Melrose and one block East of Vine in Hollywood. For reservations