Playwright Gene Abravaya

“The Final Scene,” a comedy written by Sonoma County playwright Gene Abravaya, makes its San Francisco debut this week.

The play, which deals with the fictional cast of a soap opera called “The Promising Dawn,” opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Thick House, 1695 18th St. The production runs through Sept. 4.

Perhaps best-known as manager of the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, the author brings considerable experience and authenticity to his play’s topic — daytime television drama.

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.

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.”

“The Final Scene” premiered last February at Santa Rosa’s 6th St. Playhouse. In 2009, Abravaya premiered his first full-length stage comedy, “The Book of Matthew,” at Spreckels.

The new city production of “The Final Scene, directed by Abravaya, stars Eric Burke, Eric Chazankin, Peter Downey, Julia Hoff, Freddie Lambert, Rebekah Patti, Nick Sholley and Jennifer Weil.

Admission: $25. Tickets:, 1-800-838-3006