Scott C. Sickles is an LGBT writer of Asian descent. He has received four consecutive Writers Guild of America Awards on the writing team of the daytime serial General Hospital, as well as six Emmy Award nominations for that series and One Life to Live. For 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, and Lebanon.
Sickles’s biographical drama Nonsense and Beauty, chronicling the private life of E. M. Forster, was named the winner of the 2016 Dayton Playhouse Future Fest, then presented at part of the IGNITE! series at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, where it will make its world premiere in March 2019. His drama Composure won 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 received 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’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2007. Published short works include murmurs (Samuel French Festival Plays #21), and Beautiful Noises (S&K's 2009: Best 10-Minute Plays...). Smith & Kraus and Applause have also published several of his monologues in their anthologies.
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. In February 2015, Reno Little Theater produced Demon Bitch Goddess – an evening of his short plays Medusa, Cassiopeia, and Thalassa. In 2016, his short plays Turtles and Bulldogs (a 2012 Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award finalist now published in Applause’s Best American Short Plays 2015-2016) and I Knew It! have been produced coast-to-coast, and his experimental piece The Other Half made its Budapest debut after being translated into Hungarian.
Other full-length plays include: From the Top (WorkShop Theater Company, NYC), Hairdresser on Fire (Compass Theatre, San Diego), and The Philosopher’s Joke (based on the story by Jerome K. Jerome; WorkShop Theater Company).
His produced one-acts include: The Antique Shoppe; Appetizers, or “On an Island Somewhere”; Badger and Frame, Dangerous Angels; Erroneous Zones; The Following Morning; The Greater and Lesser Edmunds of the World;TheMan in 119; Manly Men Doing Manly Things; The Mother Lode; The Open Window (based on the short story by Saki); Outpost, Sarcophagus; Sugarplum; Tactile Creatures; Uncomplicated Bereavement; We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet; and Yea, Though I Walk.