'The Final Scene' features (from left, at top) Peter Downey, Paul Huberty, Eric Thompson, and (center) Rebekah Patti.

Gene Abravaya has been part of the Sonoma County theater scene for a long time.

And in the past year, he was won new notice for his work as manager of the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, leading its transition from a mostly city-subsidized operation to a more self-sufficient rental facility.

But before Abravaya came to Northern California, he had a long history in television work.

A former New Yorker, Abravaya worked his way up from prompter to associate producer on the network soap opera “As the World Turns” from 1974 to 1979. Then he moved to Los Angeles to work in television production until 1989.

Gene Abravaya

He worked on situation comedies like “Family Ties,” “Facts of Life” and “The Jeffersons,” among others. From 1987 through 1989, Abravaya served as producer and chief writer for a series titled “Rocky Road.”

Two years ago, Abravaya premiered his stage comedy, “The Book of Matthew,” at Spreckels. And this Friday, March 4, another Abravaya play, “The Final Scene,” with a soap opera setting, opens at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.

“The Final Scene” will run through March 27,  with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, and one performance on a Thursday, at 8 p.m. March 24.

In the play, the producers of a soap opera have decided the show needs a change, and the leading lady struggles to avoid the doom the show’s writers have devised for her.

Admisssion: $15-$32. Address: 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Information: (707) 523-4185; www.6thstreetplayhouse.com.