Thursday, October 18, 2012

York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee presents "Kiss My Little Girls - 1861"


     The York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee in association with Robert Ruffin productions proudly presents "Kiss My Little Girls – 1861" by Robert Ruffin with Jeff Toalson, as part of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. Performances are scheduled for November 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 and 12 at 2 p.m. in the Freight Shed, 331 Water Street, Yorktown. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at or by calling 766-2309.
     The play is based on Jeff Toalson's book, "Send Me a Pair of Old Boots and Kiss My Little Girls," which documents the real-life letters written between husband and wife Richard and Mary Watkins of Prince Edward County, Virginia throughout the course of the Civil War.
      "Kiss My Little Girls – 1861" is the first installment in an intended four-part series following the lives of Richard and Mary Watkins. It premiered in Gloucester, Virginia, in October 2011, with sell-out performances. The second installment will premiere in Gloucester beginning December 6, 2012.
     "Kiss My Little Girls – 1861" stars Robert Ruffin, a professional actor and a native of Mathews County, Virginia, and Cynthia Janzen, a professional actress from Philadelphia. The play is directed by Mary Wadkins of Mathews, Virginia, and features the set and lighting designs of Matthew Allar, Associate Professor of Theatre at The College of William and Mary, and costume designs of Cynthia Janzen, owner of the museum theatre company History Firsthand. The production is stage managed by Allison Antonelli of Newport News.
     Original funding for the play was made possible by The Cook Foundation of Gloucester, Virginia, The Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Yorktown production is made possible by 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union; Digital Design & Imaging Service, Inc.; Ferguson Enterprises; Peninsula Campaign Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy; York County; York County Arts Commission; York County Historical Museum; York County Historical Committee; AVPC, Inc; Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop/Green Mountain Coffee; and Just Plumbing.

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