Marianas Trench

by Scott C. Sickles

Philadelphia – December 2018


Teddy Passanante and Anzor Khasanov are eleven-year-old pen pals. Teddy is an unathletic, effete, half-Asian nerd living in a liberal U.S. made up of what used to be Blue States. Anzor is the child of Muslim refugees trapped in a militant right-wing Christian theocracy that used to be the Red States. The boys know their correspondence is mandated and monitored by Anzor’s government. This is a love story.

About the Playwright

SCOTT C. SICKLES is an LGBT writer of Asian descent. His plays have been performed in New York City, across the United States, and internationally in Canada, Australia, the UK, Hungary, Singapore, and Lebanon. Nonsense and Beauty, his biographical drama about E.M. Forster, makes its world premiere at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in March 2019. Other plays include Composure (Winner, 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Award; 2018 Lambda Literary Award Finalist), Intellectuals (Smith & Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2007), Moonlight & Love Songs (GayFestNYC 2013), Lightning From Heaven (1999 Beverly Hills Theater Guild/Julie Harris Playwriting Award), Perfecting the Kiss (DC Capital Fringe, 2018). Published Short Plays: Beautiful Noises (Smith & Kraus), murmurs (Samuel French), Turtles and Bulldogs (Applause). This fall, three of his plays make their debuts: Badger and Frame at Emerging Artists Theatre; The Bedroom Summit in The #metoo Plays, and Outpost at Otherworld Theater’s Paragon Festival. He has received four consecutive Writers Guild of America Awards for the daytime drama “General Hospital,” and six Emmy Award nominations. Member, Dramatists Guild, New Play Exchange.