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A Human Being Died That Night

US Premiere
May 29—Jun 21, 2015
Performance dates & times
RUN TIME: 1hr 20min
Prices subject to change. 
May 2015
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Friday May 29, 2015
Performances no longer available.

The Fugard Theatre and Eric Abraham
By Nicholas Wright, based on the book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Directed by Jonathan Munby

"This is not just two people. It is the old South Africa and the new South Africa. It is a test of them both, and the limits—or not—of forgiveness and empathy."
—The Guardian (UK)

Prime Evil is what South Africans call him: a paid white political assassin currently serving two life sentences for crimes committed in the name of the apartheid state. In Nicholas Wright’s play, based on the best-selling 2003 book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a black female psychologist (Olivier Award winner Noma Dumezweni) enters Eugene de Kock’s (Matthew Marsh) prison cell to discern man from government-sanctioned monster. In a riveting interrogation that moves from dispassionate to deeply intimate, a remorseful de Kock and his interlocutor negotiate a fraught emotional space in which fear and compassion coexist.

Design by Paul Wills
Lighting design by Tim Mitchell 
Sound design by Christopher Shutt

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Sneak Preview

A documentary about actor Noma Dumezweni, who portrays South African psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela in this season’s production of A Human Being Died That Night.

+ Q&A with Noma Dumezweni and director Sarah Townsend
A Human Being Died That Night
The New York Times
BAM blog
Video Playlist
BAM Gathering: A Human Being Died That Night
BAM Gathering: A Human Being Died That Night

Watch highlights from the talk featuring Pumla Godobo-Madikizela, author of the book A Human Being Died That Night, and Bryan Doerries.

BAM Gathering: A Human Being Died That Night 

With Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Led by Bryan Doerries

Fri, May 29
Immediately following the performance
Free for same day ticket holders

BAM Gathering: A Human Being Died That Night 


Panel discussion
Led by Bryan Doerries

Tue, Jun 9, post-show
Sat, Jun 13 (matinee), post-show
Free for same-day ticket holders

Bryan Doerries, the founder of Theater of War—a project that presents theatrical readings to spur audience dialogue and engagement—facilitates a discussion of this season’s presentation of A Human Being Died That Night. Together with a panel of community members and the audience, Doerries explores the play’s themes of power, otherness, violence, and forgiveness in apartheid-era South Africa—and their resonance closer to home.

Please note: In order to attend, you must purchase a ticket for one of the two performances listed above. The discussion begins immediately after the performance.