In Commemoration of the Civil War

The Cook Foundation Presents A World Premiere Play

Kiss My Little Girls~1862~The Healing Child

An Epic Tale of the Civil War by Robert Ruffin with Jeff Toalson

1862 - The Healing Child

Directed by Mary Wadkins

Coming to the Gloucester Arts on Main – December 2012

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Another Gloucester, Virginia world premiere, the play is based on the real-life letters of Richard and Mary Watkins from the book Send Me a Pair of Old Boots & Kiss My Little Girls by Jeff Toalson. Facing the perils of childbirth in the 19th Century South, Richard and Mary Watkins seek solace and strength from the struggles of their past.

This production is made possible thanks to funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

These Plays are available for Tour.

If you are interested in Presenting “Kiss My Little Girls”
please contact Robert Ruffin at

“Yorktown and Gloucester Point were in plain view and the river seemed to have hundreds & thousands of lightning bugs & glow worms down under the water and along the beach were streams and balls of fire. It was indeed beautiful.”
– Richard Watkins

Click to listen to editor Jeff Toalson’s April 2011 interview about the book on the Chesapeake Bay Writers’ Second Monday radio show with XTRA 99.1 FM’s Talk Show host, Neal Steele.