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'Captors': history in the making

“I feel like everything we know about the Holocaust in a way came out of the public nature of [Adolf Eichmann’s] trial,’’ said Evan M. Wiener (above). Below: Eichmann in Brazil, 1955. “I feel like everything we know about the Holocaust in a way came out of the public nature of [Adolf Eichmann’s] trial,’’ said Evan M. Wiener (above). Below: Eichmann in Brazil, 1955. (“Minister of Death: The Adolf Eichmann Story’’ (below); Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)
By Laura Collins-Hughes
Globe Staff / November 6, 2011

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Evan M. Wiener does not want to, as he puts it, “pimp the history.’’ It rankles him when playwrights do that, when they assert - falsely - that the drawn-from-life story they’re telling occurred at a significantly game-changing moment. His new play, “Captors,’’ about the 1960 capture of fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents, makes precisely that claim, but Wiener says that in this case it’s true. The play begins previews Friday at the Huntington Theatre Company, where Peter DuBois directs its world-premiere production.

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CAPTORS Presented by Huntington Theatre Company

At: Boston University Theatre, Friday through Dec. 11. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org