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The Uphill Recovery from the Great Recession: A Post-show Discussion with the Urban Institute

Gregory Acs, Nancy G. LaVigne, and Rolf Pendall, three Urban Institute experts, participated in a high-level panel discussion on long-term unemployment, substance abuse, and affordable housing hardships brought to life in Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit.  The panel examined our country’s seemingly uphill recovery from the Great Recession and how that affects the everyday lives of so many middle-class Americans. “A rollercoaster entertainment, Detroit humanizes this national crisis, tapping comically yet powerfully into our anxiety about clinging to whatever economic rung we can grasp,” says Woolly’s Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz.

Named a Top 10 play of 2012 by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Magazine, Detroit will run from September 9, 2013 to October 6, 2013 at the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, DC.

If you have any questions please contact Daphne Bond-Godfrey at [email protected].



Saturday, September 28th
Following the 3pm performance of DETROIT

What can happen when the façade of the upwardly mobile life begins to crack in the wake of our country’s ongoing economic issues? Probe how the dubious lives of the characters in Detroit relate to the everyday lives of so many middle-class Americans.

Three Urban Institute experts: Gregory Acs, Director of the Income and Benefits Policy Center; Nancy G. LaVigne, Director of the Justice Policy Center; and Rolf Pendall, Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center discussed long-term unemployment, substance abuse, and affordable housing hardships.



Date & Time Saturday, September 28, 2013
Woolly Mammoth Theater Company 641 D St, NW Washington, DC 20004
, DC , 20004
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  • Vice President, Income and Benefits Policy
  • Nonresident Fellow