"There's an Italian-Brooklynese family I've known since I was 16 and they treated me like I was one of the family. I got to know them and their unique type of 'madness' very well.
"My biggest challenge is showing the cast how the behaviour exhibited by the family is absolutely normal. Over the years, I had observed all their little crazy ways and thought it was hilarious."
"I made Elvis a feature in Confetti From Graceland because I've never met anyone who didn't like him," he said. "I thought it would be a great way to open the play and show how the family's lives were affected by him. I think I've always been a fan because his music always brings back pleasant memories."