Upstream Theater explores themes of overcoming division with the St. Louis Premiere of Nicholas Wright’s A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT, based on the bestselling book by South African psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, about her real-life interviews of Eugene de Kock, a South African government sanctioned political assassin, nick-named “Prime Evil” for his crimes against anti-apartheid activists. During the 1990s, psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed Eugene de Kock, commanding officer of the South African government’s death squad stationed at Vlakplaas–a man who had ordered and carried out the torture and murder of dozens of anti-apartheid activists, earning the nickname “Prime Evil.” De Kock was serving a 212-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity.
She conducted these interviews as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that held tribunals in which victims and survivors confronted policemen, government officials, and others who injured and . . .