A white male assassin for the apartheid state is visited in prison by a black female psychologist. Critically acclaimed in South Africa and the UK, this powerful production has its US premiere at BAM. More…
Prime Evil is what South Africans call him. In Nicholas Wright’s play, based on the best-selling 2003 book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Eugene de Kock is visited in his prison cell by a black female psychologist to discern man from government-sanctioned monster. In an 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.
See it if you want a play that causes you to think about race relations and history. It is wonderfully acted with a sparse but effective set.
Don't see it if you don't like plays based on history. Or travelling to Brooklyn.