Spring 2020

Past Events

March 14, 2020
March 13, 2020
March 10, 2020
March 07, 2020
March 05, 2020


Flexible Performance Space
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027


Columbia University School of the Arts is proud to present Terrorism, by Velani Dibba '20.

Written by The Presnyakov Brothers

Translated by Sasha Dugdale

Produced by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Directed by Velani Dibba


Columbia University School of the Arts is proud to present Terrorism, by Velani Dibba '20 


Terrorism is a darkly comic rendering of the latent violence lurking beneath the mundanity of everyday life. Delayed flights, BDSM experimentation, neighborly gossip, and locker room talk are exposed as dangerous cat-and-mouse games where we can no longer tell the difference between perpetrator and victim. This English translation of the contemporary Russian play by the Presnyakov Brothers interrogates why we can’t seem to stop torturing one another. When each choice we make might spark an explosion, is there any way to keep the bomb from going off?



Nora Armani*, Richard Fisher, Andrew Hardigg, Brian D. McCormack, Victoria Nilsson, Stephon Pettway*, Mary Regan, Sally Roberts, and Robert Spiker.

*Appearing Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.



Producer Maryl McNally

Production Stage Manager Dennis Ngoc Ho

1st Assistant Stage Manager Vanessa Rebeil

Set Designer Megan Parker

Costume Designer Ashley Gardner

Lighting Designer Ashley Kok

Dramaturg Stephen Smith​

Intimacy Director Katie Claire Bradley

Sound Designer Matthew Coggins

Graphic Designer Annie Jin Wang


Terrorism will run for a strictly limited engagement at The Lenfest Center for the Arts at 615 W. 129th St. Performances are March 5, 7, 10, 13 at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee Saturday, March 14. 


Tickets: $15 General Admission/ $5 Seniors/ FREE with any Student ID (enter code: “STUDENT3”).


About the Director: Velani Dibba

Velani Dibba is a Polynesian-Gambian director and designer, raised in the United States, the Gambia, and Italy. She received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service before coming to New York to pursue her directing MFA at Columbia. This past summer, she served as Anne Bogart’s assistant director on Falling & Loving, a new SITI Company collaboration with Elizabeth Streb’s STREB Extreme Action. She currently works as the Producing & Dramaturgy Intern at SITI Company, and was a former fellow both at the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics in Washington, D.C. and the Global Cultural Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Recent directing credits include Apologies to the Bengali Lady (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Patience (Corkscrew Theater Festival), Space Odyssey (Columbia University).  

Directing Thesis Interview: Terrorism

Underproduced Terrorism Finds New Life as Velani Dibba’s Third-Year Director’s Thesis.