Enron by Lucy Prebble

Scene 3: Ken Lay's Office, 1996

In another office, Ken Lay sits with Roe and Skilling sitting before him.
Roe I would –
Roe I imagine you'd want to indicate that Enron is not an old-fashioned, macho place to work.
Pause. Lay leans back.
The competitors look at each other.
Beat.
Roe Ken, before he talks over me here I wanna say –
Roe He doesn't have the skills to manage / people effectively –
Roe / Jeff has trouble relating to others. He doesn't remember names. He called a client stupid.
Roe Fan Bridglen.
Roe makes a 'see?' gesture
Roe My vision. The international energy company. Enron: delivering gas and oil to the world.
Roe The world is?Jeff, sometimes I wonder if you have anger issues.
Roe Brilliant (!)
Roe Well, we're a gas company, Jeff.
Roe We should be focusing on building more plants.
Roe Wind farms?! I'm sorry, I thought I was the only woman in the room.
Roe India, Africa – huge power requirements in the future –
Roe I think in the most volatile areas in the world it might be worth controlling their energy supply, yes.
Roe Sounds like hippy talk to me.
Roe I can push through natural gas deals we already have experience of. You want power? Enron. India? Enron. South America? Enron.
Roe In which case, don't you think it's worth being the only people in the world with power plants?!
Roe Except you (!)
Silence.
Roe Suddenly you have a 'calling'. Well, I find it distasteful.
Lay considers the younger man and his presumption.
Skilling tries to maintain his dignity and leaves. Lay takes Roe's hand.
As Roe's dreams are shattered, Skilling's dreams are made real.
The transformation of Enron. From discreet, regular offices, Skilling and Lay oversee it becoming an open-plan, free, shiny expanse.
It should feel like a physical liberation; a clearing of clutter.
Skilling and Lay shake hands.
Skilling looks down at the Enron he envisioned beneath him: glass, reflective surfaces, futuristic design, open spaces, a huge trading floor.
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