(Re)Tired Magical Black Man (Ottawa)

A satirical, self-reflective solo-ensemble comedy
from Velvet Duke Productions 

“(Re)Tired Magical Black Man” (Velvet Duke Productions) premiered
In-Person as part of the 2022 Ottawa Fringe Festival

Ottawa Media Reviews & Mentions

“Seriously catchy songs and absurd adventure ensues”, “Just goddamn awesome”, Kevin Reid, The Visitorium

“Velvet Wells is an entertainer in the truest sense of the term”, “Fringe at its best”, “A must see”, Ryan Pepper, Apt613

“An allegory inside an allegory” Stu Mills, All in a Day, CBC Radio One

Show Explainer shared – Susan Johnston, Friday Special Blend, CKCU FM 93.1

“Unique and intriguing”, Derick Fage, Daytime Ottawa

Ottawa Fringe Festival Performance Schedule

The purple-themed poster for (Re)Tired Magical Black Man features an artistic portrait of Velvet Wells (as a blue-tan faced dJerald the Djinn, wearing a purple shirt, and four puppets: Asase, Chawn, Lt. Baddy, & Clark. The poster also shares information for the 25th Ottawa Fringe Festival, including festival dates, the ticket website, the dates ASL interpretation is offered, and a QR for the Digital Program. (Re)Tired Magical Black Man June 18-25, 2022 25th Ottawa Fringe Festival https://ottawafringe.com Every performance, except Thursday, ASL interpreted. QR for the Tickets and Schedule: https://bit.ly/rmbmtix

(Approximately 60 minutes)
Saturday, June 18 8:00 PM*
Monday, June 20 10:00 PM*
Tuesday, June 21 8:00 PM*
Thursday, June 23 6:30 PM
Friday, June 24 5:30 PM*
Saturday, June 25 6:30 PM*
* ASL Interpreted performances

Venue 4Studio 1201
(60 Waller St., Ottawa, K1N 6E2) (MAP)

Note: Ticket holders were admitted into the event if they were wearing a Fringe Pin either from 2022 ($3.00) or a Legacy pin ($12.00), both of which were available at the door and for purchase online at checkout.

Digital Program

Enjoy the digital program for information on the show, characters, and crew bios.

Accessibility Statement

Accessibility solutions incorporated by Ottawa Fringe Festival

  • Chill room (Studio 1202) right beside the theatre space
  • Visit the Ottawa Fringe Festival access page for the full list of solutions provided

Accessibility solutions incorporated by Velvet Duke Productions

  • Velvet’s Accessibility Guide — locating the theatre (YouTube)
  • Show Transcript (at the box office or email request)
  • Barrier-Free Tickets
    • Late entry allowed (up to 7 minutes after performance start)
    • Donated tickets for community organization staff and giveaways
  • Five ASL Interpreted Performances provided by Katherine A. Sibun
  • Content Notes (Google Docs)
  • Audio Described Pre-Show Notes (Soundcloud); Audio Note Transcript (Google Docs)

Fan Photos

A selection of “(Re)Tired Magical Black Man” photos from the Ottawa Fringe Festival audience perspective. Thank you to everyone who captured the magic (Clarendon filter applied to images at the gallery level)

Awards, Bursaries, and Grants


Velvet Duke Productions acknowledges funding support through the Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators (recommended by Ottawa Fringe and Tangled Art + Disability) from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario #ArtsAddValue

Velvet Duke Productions gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa

(Re)Tired Magical Black Man (Velvet Duke Productions) received a production bursary from Ottawa Fringe’s Open Doors Mentorship program. Thank you Alain, Lydia, and Ted for the mentorship and support!

Velvet Duke Productions acknowledges a production bursary through the “Our Own Table” program from OPIRG-Carleton, in support of Ottawa community Black Event Producers

Velvet Duke Productions appreciates the financial and in-kind
production support received from their global community. Thank you!

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