‘Shubop-Dubay-Had: The No Matter Watt Prequel’ – Adventures In Gordon’s Brain

By Ernest Kearney — There are reports of “Bizarro clowns” up and down the east coast; West Virginia has the “Mothman,” the heartland has the “vanishing hitchhiker,” and the south has the “disappearing Jesus.” And here at the Hollywood Fringe we have Gordon Stephen Matheson Jr.

Half urban legend, half ambassador, Gordon is a presence at the Hollywood Fringe, and if some time in the distant future this city ever gets around to commemorating the Fringe by embedding terrazzo stars along Santa Monica Boulevard I nominate Gordon and Spencer as recipients for the first two.

Shubop-Dubay-Had is, as advertised, the prequel to Gordon’s HFF19 musical No Matter Watt, and a worthy prequel it is.

Directed by Soda Persi, this show manages to boasts tunes with such lovely lyrics as Love Yourself Enough to Care and songs that are stronger and more precise than those found in the original while still sustaining that pulsating optimistic energy unique to Gordon and of course classic Looney Tune cartoons. Gordon’s preshow speech was a highlight while Alariza Nevarez and Faye Turner provide nice additions to the saga of Bill Shubopdubayhad Sikritz. If you’ve gulped down the Red Pill and already did a swan dive into the Rabbit hole then you may be ready for Gordon Stephen Matheson.


Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

Shubop-Dubay-Had: The No Matter Watt Prequel

Playing at Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022

By Ernest Kearney  Shubop-Dubay-Had is, as advertised, the prequel to Gordon’s HFF19 musical No Matter Watt, and a worthy prequel it is.


The Complex Theatre and Studios
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood Ca 90038


6/18/22. 3pm
6/19/22 9:15pm

For an Online Playbill also see QR Code under Pictures → https://tinyurl.com/3rcpc6my

For Additional Information and Tickets:

Learn More at nomatterwatt.net



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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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