Nathan Hinton and Tom Story (Courtesy of Teddy Wolff for Mosaic Theater)

Mosaic Theater Company presents “South Africa: Then & Now,” a spring repertory that takes the audience back to the depths of apartheid before moving forward to an ongoing search for truth and reconciliation in a wounded country.

The repertory launches with Athol Fugard’s seminal masterpiece, “Blood Knot” (March 29-April 30) — an intimate parable about a brotherhood devastated by the constraints of apartheid. Its companion piece will be the South African drama, “A Human Being Died That Night” (April 6-30), based on Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s acclaimed memoir that recounts the interrogations of one of apartheid’s most notorious agents, Eugene de Kock, known by many as “Prime Evil.”

Chris Genebach and Erica Chamblee (Courtesy of Teddy Wolff for Mosaic Theater)

The repertory has been designed to highlight the dialogue in and between these plays — one dark-skinned and one light-skinned brother in “Blood Knot;” one black psychologist and one white prisoner in “A Human Being Died That Night.” The dramas represent two different eras in South Africa’s struggle for justice, brought out by the intergenerational artistic dialogue between the repertory’s two directors, Joy Zinoman and Logan Vaughn.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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