When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 7 p.m. and Sun., May 28, 2 p.m. Continues through May 21 2017
Eugene de Kock is a nightmare figure in the history of South Africa. The commanding officer of the notorious C10 police squad, de Kock was personally responsible for the torture and murder of numerous anti-apartheid activists, including members of the African National Congress. He admitted all this freely in court after apartheid was abolished and a new government was established, and was sentenced to 212 years in prison for his crimes. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed de Kock several times, trying to understand how a man who thought of himself as moral could so brutally and callously treat other human beings. Nicholas Wright adapted Gobodo-Madikizela's book about de Kock and other killers into the two-person play A Human Being Died That Night. Upstream Theater presents the chilling work at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (May 12 to 27), 7 p.m. Sunday (May 14 and 21) and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.upstreamtheater.org). Tickets are $25 to $30.