"Upstream Theater's A Human Being Died That Night is all too relevant" -- Paul Friswold, RFT

"It's uncanny the way that Upstream Theater is able to produce plays that consistently tackle issues that, while often international in scope, often resonate with situations we face in our own country..." -- Chris Gibson, Broadway World

"It's another totally unique artistic experience from Upstream Theatre. In this case, simple testimony rises to heights of great drama." -- Richard Green, Talkin' Broadway

"Taut, intelligent, and complex" -- Mark Bretz, Ladue News

"Fully connected performances that resonate with truth" -- Tina Farmer, KDHX

"a carefully wrought gold nugget of a show" -- Ann Lemons Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks

"another provocative, thoughtful production from Upstream" -- Michelle Kenyon, Snoop's Theatre Thoughts

"Harris' performance [is] dense, meticulously modulated, caught in contradictions that grip him as tightly as the chains on his ankle." -- Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A great performance" -- Rosalind Early, St. Louis Magazine

"...gives viewers insight on the unlikely and commendable journey of one nation’s approach at moving beyond its painful legacy..." -- Kenya Vaughn, St. Louis American


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 killed blacks under apartheid. Victims and survivors had the opportunity to speak of their pain, question de Kock and others, and—if they chose—to offer forgiveness, something that could be given only once the "apartheid of the mind" had been broken and the existence of something to forgive had been admitted.

But how does one even begin to forgive crimes of that magnitude, especially when our very idea of justice is tied to concepts of revenge and righteous anger? Does forgiving the criminal dishonor the loved ones who died at his hands? And how can any nation--including our own--overcome the injustices of the past? 

Nicholas Wright takes us inside the prison where these interviews were conducted for a moving study of remorse, a timely call for truth and accountability, and a remarkable exploration of the power of forgiveness

With Jacqueline Thompson and Christopher Harris

Directed by Patrick Siler

Set by Patrick Huber
Costumes by Michele Friedman Siler
Lighting by Joseph W. Clapper
Multimedia by Michael Dorsey

May 12-14, 18-21 and 25-28
All shows 8 PM except Sundays
May 14 and 21 at 7 PM, May 28 at 2 PM
Kranzberg Arts Center (501 N. Grand at Olive)
Tickets $30 general admission, $25 seniors 65 and over, $20 for full-time students with valid ID
Box Office Hotline: 314-669-6382








Purchase Tickets


Support Upstream


Connect With Us