‘Encore for Murder’: A Max Collins Radio Show


MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Friends of Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce the fundraising production of “Encore for Murder: The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer,” premiered by Max Allan Collins, on September 17 at 7 p.m. a radio show format, this is the show’s first production in Iowa.

In 2010 the play was staged at the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky, and in 2018 in Clearwater, Florida at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Murray Theater, both starring WKRP’s Gary Sandy in Cincinnati, famous as Mike Hammer. The Muscatine production will also include Gary Sandy as Mike Hammer, and is a special tribute for the 75th anniversary of the publication of Mickey Spillane’s first novel, “I, the Jury”, in 1947. Upon Spillane’s death in 2006 , Collins expanded on Hammer’s unfinished drafts including a single page written by Spillane with the plot for that production.

Local actors with years of stage, radio and voice experience, including the Pearl City Players, Muscatine Community College, Muscatine High School and local business personalities, will appear on stage at the Muscatine High School auditorium with a capacity of over 600 seats.

Don’t miss this one-night production celebrating Mike Hammer, starring Gary Sandy, and the career of Max Allan Collins. Save the Date – September 17 at 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) at the MHS Auditorium.

Muscatine Art Center fundraiser tickets will be $15 per person for general admission with upper bowl seating, and VIP tickets will be $50 per person with lower bowl preferred seating and a let -pass for the VIP evening at the ballroom of the Merrill Hotel overlooking the Mississippi. The VIP evening includes dessert and a drink, plus a Q&A with Gary Sandy and Max Collins. Opportunities for red carpet photos and autographs will also be available. Tickets go on sale August 10 via Booktix https://macfriends.booktix.com.

For marketing questions, please contact Encore for Murder co-director and producer Karen Cooney at 563-554-9401 or [email protected]


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