New TOB murder mystery set in Prohibition Era

By UW-Marinette

Menominee River Mysteries: The Summer of ’27, a new play written by Menominee resident Anthony LaMalfa, will run from November 10 – 12 and 17 – 19 at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre on the campus of UW-Marinette. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. This Theatre on the Bay premiere is set during Prohibition in the 1920s. “The play is a hysterically fictional, yet historically factual, murder mystery which sees Marinette County’s bootleggers making a name for themselves—until a corpse washes ashore the bank of the Menominee River and they’re to blame! Local law enforcement takes sides, and unlikely heroes emerge,” LaMalfa said.

Based on local historical figures with recognizable names such as Harvey Higley, Jab Murray, Charlie Goldberg, Luella Axtell and Arold Murphy, the story takes place in 1927 Marinette. LaMalfa plays Bud Feifarek, a veteran who works to break the code that will solve the murder even as he falls under suspicion himself.  

Other actors in Menominee River Mysteries: The Summer of ‘27 are Joshua and Betsy Stuck, James Porras, Jackie Baxter, Marie Arnold, Ashley Burley, Gary Pansch, Aidan Neziri, James Porras II, Lori Ann Payne, Chris Logan, Joe Gustin, Nathan Plym, Steven Renner, Connor Whisler, Travis Meyer, Scott Nowakowski, Andrew Peterson, Natasha Rousseau, Patrick Mines, Kenan Pulver, Gary Scholtz, Sr., Sammi Batterson, Bryan Lynn, Ben Everson, Tyrus Cretens and Robert Heritsch.

The production staff includes scenic and sound designer John Thornberry, lighting designer Chris Weber, and costume designer Annalisa Mines. Gary Scholtz Sr. is the master carpenter. The stage manager and assistant stage manager are Karah Nelson and Brittany Welch. Rebecca Stone Thornberry directs the play, assisted by Anthony LaMalfa.

A free, opening night reception will be held November 10, 6:30 to 7:20 p.m., in the theatre lobby. During opening weekend, the Menominee River Chorus will perform during intermission. Also, a special exhibit featuring local historical photos will be on display in the UW-Marinette art gallery November 10 – 24.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students, and free to current UW-Marinette students with ID. On Veterans Day, November 11, veterans who show their ID at the box office will be admitted for free. Groups of eight or more receive a discounted ticket. Reserved seats are available at Tickets may also be purchased at the theatre box office one hour before each show. For additional ticket information, please contact the main office at 715-735-4300 ext. 4301.

For more information about the play, please visit

UW-Marinette is located at 750 W. Bay Shore St., Marinette. 


Brian Becker