A play based on the real-life Civil War-era letters of Richard and Mary Watkins has its premiere Thursday in Gloucester.
The play is based on the book "Send Me a Pair of Old Boots & Kiss My Little Girls" by Williamsburg author Jeff Toalson. The play is titled, "Kiss My Little Girls" and is described as an epic tale of the Civil War.
The play was written by Robert Ruffin with Toalson. It centers around how the Watkins seek solace and strength from the struggles of their past in the course of the frightening events that encompass their lives.
Between 1861 and 1865, Richard Watkins, a plantation owner, lawyer and Confederate Cavalryman and his young wife, Mary Watkins, exchanged detailed and heartfelt letters that are the basis of the play.
Richard had enlisted with Company K of the 3rd Virginia Cavalry after Virginia seceded from the Union, according to the play's website. Mary remained living in Prince Edward County, raising their three daughters and managing the farm.
Play performances at Gloucester Arts on Main at 6580 Main Street will be:
--Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.;
--Sunday at 2 p.m.;
--Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.;
--Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door on the night of the play and cost $15 each or $5 for children 13 and under.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 757-221-2674 or visit www.bootsandkisses.com.
To reserve tickets go to www.wm.edu/boxoffice.