Midcoast Actors’ Studio has enjoyed a successful 2014 season featuring productions of “All in the Timing,” “August: Osage County,” “Nunsense” and “Plaza Suite.” The last production of the season, a Maine Playwrights’ Showcase, will open Friday night, Dec. 5, for a two-weekend run at The Playhouse, 107 Church St.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 14. Opening night tickets are $6; otherwise tickets are $10 and seating is limited, so calling 370-7592 or emailing midcoastactors@gmail.com is recommended.

The showcase, intended for mature audiences, includes original works by four Maine writers: Laura Emack of Prospect; Danielle Bannister of Searsmont; Shelly Curtain of Bucksport; and Michael Kimball of Cape Neddick. The cast and crew hail from Bangor to Waldoboro, directed by MAS Artistic Director Jason Bannister.

"There are many good playwrights from our own backyard. I wanted give to them a chance to see their works performed on the stage," he said.

In “A Talking Scale” (Emack), Nurse Ella (Marty Kelley) summons the courage to take a single terrifying step, one she makes the clinic’s patients do every day — onto the doctor’s scale. With “The Muffin Man” (Kimball), an upscale brunch is interrupted by a homeless man (Jay Rosenberg) who demands his English muffin grilled, not toasted, from a waitress played by Nicole Provonsil. “Brackish Waters” (Curtain), a time travel tale set in Buckstown, Maine, where different worlds mix, stars Danielle Bannister, James Clayton, 9-year-old newcomer Marina Bannister, Rosenberg and Provonsil.

“Backseat Driver” (Emack) asks if a chance encounter between former high-school sweethearts will cause Shonna to violate her marriage vows; the play stars real-life couple Beth and Mike Rowe of Waldoboro. In “Swivel” (Bannister), Daphne (Jen Maher) arrives to find her chair missing and what happens next will make her world spin; this play also stars Kelley.

In “The Day the Music Died” (Emack), the Curves gym in the town of Thespia welcomes all women and serves as vibrant social center. Owner Donna denies the approaching financial meltdown that takes everyone else by unpleasant surprise. This play stars Danielle Bannister and her daughter Marina, Kelley, Ivy Lobato and Maher). Finally, “Henny and Hitler in Hell” (Kimball) has Adolf Hitler (Clayton) awakening in Henny Youngman’s (Rowe) Catskills dressing room; Provonsil plays Eva.

The Showcase is directed by Lobato and Judi Erickson. Phil Prince is board operator; Karen Bryzsnyak is costumer; and Chris Wright helped with the set. Jason Bannister is producer; Leah Darcy is publicist; and Tristan Bannister is on the crew.

After this season concludes, MAS will begin preparations for its 2015 season including “Venus in Fur” by David Ives in February, “Skylight” by David Hare in May, “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlos Goldoni (adapted by Constance Congdon) in September and “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire in December. For more information about the Showcase, as well as the upcoming season, visit midcoastactors.org or their Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.