Naples Comes to NoHo

Dec 9th presents Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards – an encore presentation of Francesca Bifulco and  Alex Schetter’s multimedia immersive art installation At ZJU Theater in North Hollywood Wednesday, September 5 – Sunday, September 9, 2018.

You have to applaud ZJU Theatre aka Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre for using their space for so many creative endeavors over the years. Coming up next is a multimedia, immersive art installation that takes you to Napoli aka Naples.

Creative agency December 9th is proud to present an encore presentation of sculptural painter Francesca Bifulco’s Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards, an immersive multimedia installation, in deep collaboration with digital artist/sound engineer Alex Schetter. Returning to the site of its successful April 2018 world premiere at ZJU Theater in North Hollywood, the multifaceted art/set/sound installation will run for five days – Wednesday, September 5 through Sunday, September 9, 2018. The artists will be present through its entirety. Forcella Reigns is the culmination of a three-year anthropological study in a rundown neighborhood in Naples, Italy. There, Bifulco imbedded herself with a group of men who play cards on a corner staircase, Gradini Forcella, at the same time everyday, unwitting actors in an improvised show. Surrounded by the smoke of cigarettes, the smell of espresso, and the noise of the dilapidated streets where abuse, violence and organized crime dictate the flow in Forcella, Bifulco would become a mute player and the teller of their story. The installation merges Bifulco’s sculptural paintings with hybrid stage design, integrating shadowbox video projection and 3D environmental sound.


All ages are welcome.

Admission is free but donations are gladly received.


ZJU Theater
4850 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


Viewing/experiencing hours (no show hours, come and stay for however long you’d like) for Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards:
• Wednesday, September 5 – 6:00 -11:00pm
• Thursday, September 6 – 6:00 -11:00pm
• Friday, September 7 – 6:00 -11:00pm
• Saturday, September 8 – 6:00 -11:00pm
• Sunday, September 9 – 3:00 -8:00pm


Francesca Bifulco (b.1986 Paestum) is a native Southern Italian artist holding a BFA in Visual and Performing Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. She studied and worked in set design and special effects makeup for television and cinema under the historic Carboni Studio in Rome. The practice of these different disciplines led her to painting, going from large-scale backdrop canvases to sculptural textured wooden compositions and, most recently, incorporating immersive landscapes which surround the painted works in collaboration with LA sound and digital artist Alex Schetter. In recent years, her work has been focusing on cultural rituals which have sprouted up amidst social conflict, everyday routines that are transitioning or have transitioned into personal or local rituals and – whether or not the participants realize it – have become a beacon of light for a community, especially if that community needs it. Her creations have been collected and exhibited from California to Texas and from her homeland of Italy to Japan. Bifulco was awarded second place at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery in occasion of their annual juried group show in 2016. Since 2012 she has lived and worked in Los Angeles.

Francesca Bifulco’s Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards at ZJU Theatre in NoHo via

A musician and audio engineer first, Alex Schetter’s (b.1985 Los Angeles) initial work in the art world was in sound, later branching into video and digital imagery as an extension of his sound installations. His work has been commissioned from private galleries to municipal events in the US and Italy. He has collaborated regularly with Francesca Bifulco since 2012. Schetter studied music business at Loyola University of New Orleans. He later studied Audio Production at the Art Institute of California. He has worked in music and sound since 2008 scoring for video games and television, operating a small commercial recording studio, and editing sound for the audio industry interview series, Pensado’s Place. Currently, he does sound design and hardware service for the synthesizer manufacture, Elektron Music Machines.

December 9th is a Los Angeles-based creative agency, built to support artists through the various steps of their careers. Through exhibitions, work-for-hire opportunities and sales support, December 9th builds channels for artists to keep working. December 9th is passionate about art, and is dedicated to creating a company that truly benefits artists.

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is a 21st-century interactive museum that documents the history and contributions of Italian Americans in Southern California and the nation, a story that is inextricably linked to the region itself and represents a unique chapter of the Italian Diaspora. The IAMLA features exhibitions and a variety of cultural-educational programming. The IAMLA is located in the Italian Hall, which was constructed in 1908 to serve as a community gathering place. Today, the Italian Hall is among the oldest remaining structures from Los Angeles’ historic Little Italy and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The IAMLA is a 501 (c)3 charitable organization.

ZJU Theater (aka Zombie Joe’s Underground) was founded in August 1992 in a small industrial garage in Northridge, California. Founded on the groundwork laid by master theatre craftsman such as Artaud, Stanislavski, Chekhov, Gogol, Dostoevsky and George Lucas, combined with a smug, slow-burning hybrid-fusion of French Grand-Guignol tableau and West Coast energy and style, ZJU has birthed hundreds of exciting productions over its 26 glorious seasons. Most notably, the theater presents a wide range of horror, immersive and movement-based incarnations, world premiere works from local playwrights, and hour-long modernizations of timeless classics from Shakespeare, Poe, Molière, and Lovecraft. For the past 18 seasons, ZJU Theater has spearheaded the avant garde theatre scene in the NoHo Arts District, headquartered at 4850 Lankershim Blvd., in North Hollywood.

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