Sunday September 1 at 6pm

Vanlyfe is a wild ride. Or it would be, if we could only get the stupid thing to run! Written and performed by formerly unhoused activists and actors, this site-specific homeless epic is a play and a political action rolled into one — it’s homeless Gilmore Girls directed by an argument between the Safdie Brothers and Brecht.

Buy your tickets online in advance or $25 at the door.


Sunny and Finn are a rowdy queer couple living in a broken-down van in Venice Beach. When a nearby murder causes a 48-hour sweep of their encampment, Sunny and Finn must rely on their wits and community to fix their van and prevent their home from being impounded. As all easy fixes slip away, both their identities and dedications are tested as they learn where and with whom home truly lies. Filled with humor, heart, joy, and struggle, Vanlyfe includes immersive and interactive elements as well as a secret mission for the audience members.

Content Warning: drug use, police violence, transphobia, depictions of poverty and mental illness

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Tickets are reserved under your name and available at the door of the venue shortly before the performance. You do not need to print out your tickets. Lobby doors open for check-in 30 minutes prior to show time.

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