‘Tis the season for buffets … and the Midcoast Actor’s Studio is serving up a theatrical one. MAS’ Maine Playwrights’ Showcase will have its final performances Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m., Dec. 12 through 14, at The Playhouse, 107 Church St.

Those who know Mary Weaver’s intimate space across the street from the police department will not be surprised that advance tickets are encouraged. The Playhouse seats fewer than 50 and its stage is just a few feet up from floor-level, making for an evening of theater that feels rather like a house concert. That vibe works fine for what the Maine Playwrights’ Showcase offers — short, original plays presented by a small cast whose members move in and out of the pieces.

“It is a full main stage production, but more of a salon approach that lets us focus on the material,” said Jason Bannister, founder and artistic director of Midcoast Actor’s Studio.

The troupe began its very ambitious 2014 season in February with David Ives’ “All in the Timing,” which was similar in that the production was a series of one-acts with a rotate-through cast. The seven shows planned did not all pan out, but the Maine Playwrights’ Showcase, in the works for more than a year, made the cut and serves as the troupe’s season finale.

The Showcase opens with a monologue, “A Talking Scale,” by Laura Emack of Prospect. The rest of the lineup comprises eight short plays, some having their stage premieres and others having encores. The latter group includes “The Muffin Man,” by Michael Kimball, recipient of the 2014 John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award; and Emack’s “Backseat Driver,” which was selected for the 2010 Maine Playwrights Festival in Portland. Bannister said that from the start, he had no plans to direct the Showcase. Ivy Lobato, who has paid a number of theatrical dues but had not directed, is helming all but the one play she is acting in, Emack’s “The Day the Music Died.” MAS stalwart Judi Erickson directs that one.

“It’s been kind of nice to relinquish control, so I’m looking forward to seeing them myself,” said Bannister a couple of days before opening night.

Kimball and Emack are known commodities in the Pine Tree State’s theater circuit, and each fills more than one slot in the Maine Playwrights’ Showcase. The Cape Neddick-based Kimball contacted Bannister, in fact, and the MAS meister is glad he did.

“‘The Muffin Man’ is hilarious, and so is ‘Henny and Hitler in Hell,’ really funny and quirky,” said Bannister.

The other playwrights represented were found closer by.

“I persuaded my ex-wife to turn one of her stories into a play; she’s written lots of novels and stories, and we both did a lot of theater in college,” Bannister said.

In addition to penning “Swivel,” Danielle Bannister appears in two of the Showcase plays, along with young Marina Bannister, making her MAS debut.

“And our son is in the show too; he’s The Clipboard Guy! He doesn’t have to say anything and is very excited to be in the show,” said Jason Bannister.

The other playwright is Shelly Curtain, who lived in Bucksport when she was a cast member of this summer’s “August: Osage County.” Her “Brackish Waters” is having its premiere, and she will travel from New Hampshire to see it.

“And Laura even came for the read-throughs,” said Bannister.

He added that he got “more bites than we had room for” when he was casting about for Showcase plays, so it might be something Midcoast Actor’s will do again in the future. However, having settled on a four-play year, competition for production slots will be more intense. Still, it’s been a good way to bookend this season, which began with a similarly formatted production.

“It’s kind of a buffet. I mean, you can see James Clayton play three characters in one night,” Bannister said.

Plays in the Showcase are intended for mature audiences. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited; call 370-7592 or email midcoastactors@gmail.com to reserve a spot. For more information about Midcoast Actors’ Studio, visit midcoastactors.org or the troupe’s Facebook page.