From the book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Adapted by Nicholas Wright | Directed by Logan Vaughn
Playing April 6-30, 2017
A Gripping Interrogation

Part of

South Africa: Then & Now

A Human Being Died that Night

By Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela | Adapted by Nicholas Wright  | Directed by Logan Vaughn
In rep with Blood Knot
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
April 6-30, 2017

The second part of Mosaic Theater’s South Africa repertory, this tense confrontation recounts the black, African psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s gripping interrogations of Apartheid-era torturer and assassin Eugene de Kock, known by many as “Prime Evil.”


Adapted for the stage by Nicholas Wright from Gobodo-Madikizela’s best-selling 2003 book, this taut cross-examination is “a scorching look at Apartheid guilt” (The Guardian) in a deeply wounded South Africa, and the pained negotiations between past and future in a country aching to move on.

A Human Being Died That Night will run approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.


Reviews & Press


-Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post


-John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts


-Maria Helena Carey, The Hill is Home



-Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene



-Elle Marie Sullivan, MD Theatre Guide

Calendar & Tickets

Box Office

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

Box Office

202-399-7993 ext 2

Box Office Hours

M-Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm

Sun: 10:30am-1:30pm

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.

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Opening Night: Sunday, April 9 at 7:30PM


Thur April 6 at 8PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Sat April 8 at 3PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Sun April 9 at 3PM

Sun April 9 at 7:30PM | Opening Night, SOLD OUT
Tue April 11 at 11AM Cast talkback

Tue April 11 at 8PM
Sun April 16 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sun April 16 at 7:30PM
Mon April 17 at 8PM
Sat April 22 at 3PM
 | Peace Café after the show; ASL Interpreted performance and Peace Café


Sun April 23 at 7:30PM | ASL Interpreted performance
Wed April 26 at 12PM

Wed April 26 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Thur April 27 at 12PM

Sat April 29 at 3PM Cast talkback
Sun April 30 at 7:30PM


Mosaic on the Move

Can't make it to the Atlas during the run?
Catch A Human Being Died That Night at the Anacostia Arts Center

Wednesday, April 19 at 7pm
Playing at the Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Reva & David Logan Foundation 
Community Engagement Series
Truth and Reconciliation:
Enduring and Dismantling Racism
All discussions are free and open to the public, and begin immediately after scheduled show time.
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Meet the Artists

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (Author) is a Senior Research Professor in Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies at the University of the Free State. Since her work on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), her research has focused on the reparative elements of victims-perpetrator dialogue in the aftermath of mass trauma and violence. Her current research applies the insights emerging from her study of forgiving to explore the dimensions of empathy in the context of perpetrators’ remorse and victims’ forgiveness. Her interests in relation to empathy focus on the web of feelings and the transformative shifts that open up in dialogue processes between former enemies in the aftermath of historical trauma.

After serving on the TRC, Gobodo-Madikizela spent an extended period at Harvard University as a fellow affiliated with the following programs: the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, as one of the inaugural fellows at the Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. During this time she wrote her award-winning book, A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness, for which she won the Alan Paton Award in South Africa, and the prestigious Christopher Award in the United States. Her other books include Narrating our Healing: Perspectives on Healing Trauma, as co-author; as co-editor of Memory, Narrative and Forgiveness: Perspectives on the Unfinished Journeys of the Past, and as editor of the forthcoming volume, Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition: A Global Dialogue on Historical Trauma and Memory. She has delivered several endowed lectures and keynote addresses internationally, and has been a speaker at graduation ceremonies. Her honours include: an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, 2006; the Eleanor Roosevelt Award, 2007; being honoured among “100 People who Made a Difference” in the Permanent Exhibit of Hall of Heroes in the National Freedom Centre in Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States, 2005; and the Social Change, awarded by Rhodes University for “contribution made by leading psychologists to social change in South Africa,” 2010. She serves as a Board Member to the following organisations: Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Healing of the Memories Institute, and as Advisor to Facing History and Ourselves

Nicholas Wright (Playwright) (1940, Cape Town, South Africa) is a British dramatist. He was born in Cape Town, attended Rondebosch Boys' School and from the age of six was a child actor on radio and on the stage. He came to London in 1958 to train as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and subsequently worked as a floor-assistant in BBC Television and as a runner in film, notably John Schlesinger's Far From the Madding Crowd. He started work at the Royal Court in 1965 as Casting Director and became, first, an Assistant Director there and then the first Director of the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs, where for several years he presented an innovatory programme of new writing. From 1975 - 1977 he was joint artistic director of the Royal Court and he was subsequently a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Board. He is former literary manager and associate director of the Royal National Theatre, and a former member of the National Theatre Board. In 2015 and 2016 he will be the judge of the Yale Drama Series competition for playwrights. His publications include 99 Plays, a survey of drama from Aeschylus to the present day, and Changing Stages, co-written with Richard Eyre.

Logan Vaughn (Director) is a New York based Director from Chicago. In 2008 Logan was awarded the Goodman Theater's prestigious Joyce Arts Fellowship in Casting and subsequently worked as the Tony Award winning theater's Associate Casting Director for five seasons. In addition to the Goodman she has cast for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory, Cardinal Stage and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Logan was Playwrights Horizon's Director in Residence 2012-2013, where she assistant directed Amy Herzog's The Great God Pan and Lisa D'Amour's Obie Award winning play, Detroit. In 2012 Logan was also named a Member of the Director's Lab, Lincoln Center. As a Director and Assistant Director, she has worked with Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, 59E59, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons, Second City Theater, National Black Theatre, Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista and Court Theatre. Her work in film includes assisting the Academy Award winning producing team behind Precious and Monster's Ball as well as serving as head of casting for several award winning Independents including My Name is Jerry and Southern Cross. She most recently directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Stella Fawn Ragsdale's Love Letters To A Dictator in Summer Shorts Festival at 59E59 and is currently directing Lena: A Moment with a Lady written and performed by Syndee Winters.

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Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

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Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.