David Datz has been a professional actor since 1978, and has appeared in numerous plays and TV shows. He has been writing plays for three years. He has also written three novels and self-published the first, SCALIES, which is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and the Apple book store (search for "david datz"). An excerpt from SCALIES, "Boris and Marjorie," appeared on http://commuterlit.com (click "Authors by last name" and find "Datz").
A family ponders what to do when they discover that an unknown person is living in their house’s basement.
Everyone worries about corporate and government intrusions on our privacy, but we don't think much about what a skilled hacker could do to a personal enemy. In 'Hackers and Lovers', six old friends, all but one of them professional hackers, have been enjoying each other’s company for years, swapping stories about what they see while they’re looking for vulnerabilities in their clients’ computer systems. The friends are: Sylvia, African-American, passionate about her politics, particularly Black Lives Matter; Sylvia's white boyfriend Milo, the only non-hacker in the group, a plumber; sharp-talking, sharp-dressing Adolphus; Adolphus's sloppy-dressing lover Diogo; Katherine, a world-weary veteran of many affairs with both men and women, tough as elephant hide on the outside and sentimental and defensive of her friends underneath; and Aristide, a nerdy, argumentative libertarian. Every month they gather at Sylvia and Milo’s place for dinner, sharing laughs over their clients’ foibles. But then Katherine, sympathetic to Diogo’s never-ending suspicion about his lover, hacks Adolphus and confirms his infidelities, which sets off a chain reaction of mutual hacking and revelations within the group, shattering not just their relationships but their very ability to live socially.
A man attending a variety show is mistaken for a celebrity and gets pulled onstage where the hosts try to force him to perform.