Playwright Daniel John Kelley is not a native of Southern Brooklyn. Instead, he spent most of his life in Cobble Hill. Yet, when it came to writing his next play, Wall, Ball, Summer and Fall (A Coney Island Adventure), it was Coney Island he drew the story from. Specifically, the fast-paced, local pasttime of handball. He set his play on the famous Seaside handball courts off of the boardwalk and let the diverse athletes that are drawn to a sport played with nothing but a wall and a rubber blue ball be his inspiration.
Daniel John Kelley will host a reading of his play on May 19 at 7 p.m. at Hunter College’s Frederick Loewe Theater, at 68th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. He hopes to have a reading somewhere closer to the setting of his play as well, but has yet to find the right venue.