In 1998, John Vamvas and I, Olga Montes, (Executive Producers, Producers, Writers, Actors, Filmmakers and Co-Director of Scarpedicemente) were invited to New York City to perform one of our plays, Bad Boy, Off-Off Broadway in a little theatre in the heart of Times Square. It was January and the weather was less than kind so a few industry people were unable to attend. When the play’s run ended, two theatre directors told our mentor that they were sad to have missed it. So, he suggested we hold a reading of the play for them. Two chairs, a small table center stage and the two audience members in the front row of the cozy theatre. When it was over, they thanked us enthusiastically, congratulated us, and that was that. A few days later, our mentor called to share that both theatre directors called him separately and told him that we were the greatest theatre experience they’d ever had. And this, just from a reading! John said to me, “You don't need big money to put on a show. You just need to keep the audience engaged.” At that moment, we decided that Scarpedicemente, a play we wrote and toured in 1996 about a delusional gangster, Luigi Scarpedicemente, and his wife, Holly, sneaking off to a desert Vegas motel to avoid bodyguards Ricco & Rocco and celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary, would be the best play to turn into a film. Two people. One location.