SCOTT C. SICKLES is a biracial Asian American/LGBTQ writer. He has received five consecutive Writers Guild of America Awards for the daytime serial General Hospital, as well as seven Emmy Award nominations. He is also currently the head writer for PRIDE: The Series (Season 3). For more than thirty years, his plays have been performed in New York City, his native Pittsburgh, across the United States, as well as...
SCOTT C. SICKLES is a biracial Asian American/LGBTQ writer. He has received five consecutive Writers Guild of America Awards for the daytime serial General Hospital, as well as seven Emmy Award nominations. He is also currently the head writer for PRIDE: The Series (Season 3). For more than thirty years, his plays have been performed in New York City, his native Pittsburgh, across the United States, as well as internationally in Canada, Australia, the UK, Hungary, Singapore, Indonesia, and Lebanon.
Sickles’s biographical drama Nonsense and Beauty, chronicling the private life of E. M. Forster, received the 2018 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award leading up to its world premiere at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis this past March. The play previously won the 2016 Dayton Playhouse Future Fest (under its previous title, Shepherd’s Bush).
Sickles was a 2019 O’Neill finalist for Marianas Trench, the first play in an alternate-history/speculative sci-fi trilogy. Marianas Trench was also a finalist for the 2019 Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Contest, as well as a semifinalist for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest 2019 and American Blues Theater’s 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. The other plays in this trilogy are Pangea, a romance set in Antarctica over the first days of 2046 as the climate reaches yet another tipping point, and The Known Universe, which takes place during the final hours of sustainable human existence on Earth.
His drama Composure received the 2016 New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Original Full-Length Script and was a finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Drama. He also garnered the 1999 Beverly Hills Theater Guild/Julie Harris Playwriting Award for Lightning from Heaven, a Cold War romance about Boris Pasternak, his muse Olga Ivinskaya, and the creation of Doctor Zhivago. In 1996, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival named him Outstanding Playwright for his father-son reconciliation drama The Harmonic Convergence.
His comedy Intellectuals can be found in Smith & Kraus’s New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2007. Published short works include murmurs (Samuel French Festival Plays #21), Beautiful Noises (S&K's 2009: Best 10-Minute Plays...), and Turtles and Bulldogs (Applause, Best American Short Plays 2015-2016). Smith & Kraus and Applause have also published several of his monologues in their anthologies. His experimental piece The Other Half made its Budapest debut after being translated into Hungarian and has since been published in an anthology of translated plays.
Sickles made his Capital Fringe debut in 2018 with his indie theater backstage comedy Perfecting the Kiss: a mockumentary for the stage. In 2013, his controversial drama Moonlight & Love Songs opened GayFestNYC to critical acclaim. Reno Little Theater has produced both Intellectuals and Demon Bitch Goddess – an evening of his short plays Medusa, Cassiopeia, and Thalassa.
Other full-length plays: From the Top (WorkShop Theater Company, NYC), Hairdresser on Fire (Compass Theatre, San Diego), The Philosopher’s Joke (based on the story by Jerome K. Jerome; WorkShop Theater Company); Frailty, Thy Name; and TARTARUS.
Other produced one-acts: The Antique Shoppe; Appetizers, or “On an Island Somewhere”; Badger and Frame, The Bedroom Summit; Dangerous Angels; Erroneous Zones; The Following Morning; The Greater and Lesser Edmunds of the World; Hand on Heart; #Bastille; I Knew It!; I’d Follow You Anywhere: a Solaris story; The Man in 119; Manly Men Doing Manly Things; Miracle and Her Minion, The Mother Lode; The Open Window (based on the short story by Saki); Outpost; Sarcophagus; Sugarplum; Tactile Creatures; Uncomplicated Bereavement; Vacancies; We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet; and Yea, Though I Walk.
Sickles holds an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and the New Play Exchange. www.ScottCSickles.com