The limited engagement will run through Dec. 21, with Paley starring in her play under the direction of Talvin Wilks.
"Dr. Selene Slater-Bernaud, also known as Slim, teaches a class scrutinizing Shakespeare's sonnets titled 'The Poetics of Race…The Politics of Beauty,'" according to press notes. "After years in a caring interracial marriage, she finds herself in love with a female student. Grappling with personal demons that threaten to destroy her, Slim's past and present collide as she confronts the poetry and politics of her heart."
The creative team includes Maruti Evans (scenic and lighting design), Suzanne Chesney (costume design) and Maya Ciarrocchi (projection design). On the Way to Timbuktu features original music penned and performed by Min Xiao-Fen.
Paley is known for her regular television appearances on "Another World" and "Guiding Light." She currently serves as artistic director of Nuyorican Poets Café. Her playwriting credits include The Empty-Hand Traveler Set No Limit to Her Desires, The Psycho-genesis of Sexuality in a Woman and The Moon Bearer.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101. The Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street in Manhattan. For more information visit www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org.