Enron by Lucy Prebble

Scene 7: Skilling's Office

Skilling is watching the financial news.
Roe I've been trying to avoid you.
Roe Yeah. Maybe it was the wrong place to come.
Skilling turns the sound down on the television.
Roe Come on.
Roe I see it every day. I see it in the elevator, I see it on the walls. I see it on my desk.
Skilling nods.
Roe I said to people, wait, just wait, the shine'll wear off, the bubble's gonna burst folks. And … a year goes by, two. But I keep saying it because, if I stop, it's bound to happen and the worst thing would be to not be able to say I told you so.
Roe I don't. I don't think you do either. Go on, you can say it.
She waits for him to say it.
Roe Oh come on! I know what you guys call my division on your biking weekends in Mexico.
Roe Tits Industries. It's not even clever. At least it used to be … what did it used to be?
Roe You know.
She nods. Beat.
Roe Anyways. I came by to say an old friend of mine from college emailed. He's a professor at Harvard now. He used to drink his own urine for a dare by the way. Now he's a professor. Still. He asked if I could put him in touch with you. They want to use Enron as one of the business models they teach.
Roe Yeah.
Roe He said I must be proud.
Roe I did. Just don't ask him for the stories about me.
Roe It was a great party.
Roe Shame you couldn't make it.
Roe Ouch.
Roe I had to go to Ken. You wouldn't have. Every time I look at my assets there's less of 'em. You're selling everything I have!
Roe It is! I'm running a division which isn't expanding, it's not even contracting, it's having its balls cut off.
Roe It's your business.
Roe I'm fighting to survive here!
Roe You should tell him that.
Roe It's his company.
Roe You need smart people around. To disagree with you.
Roe I meant me. You need me around to disagree with you.
Roe Yeah. You look good, by the way.
Roe Sure, but. You know three guys in my division got Laseks on their eyes after you. Can't find a soul in the building with glasses now. Everyone's copying Daddy.
Roe It's not dangerous?
She uses this as an excuse to look into his eyes.
She's deliberately close to his face. She puts her hands on his face.
Roe Have you ever failed at anything, Jeffrey Skilling?
Roe I'm not.
Beat. Skilling closes his eyes. He leans in.
Just then, over her shoulder, Skilling spots a massive graphic flash up on the screen showing the financial news – 'ENRON!'
Skilling spins around. Once he sees what she's referring to, he's just as excited as Roe. They both scrabble for the volume control. One gets there first and turns it up.
Skilling reacts to his name.
Roe Sixty billion dollars! How can we be worth sixty billion dollars?!
Roe But that's huge! That's fantastic!
Roe What?
Roe Hey, we're announcing profits all the time, and you seem to know where that money's coming from. Everyone's behind you! And I'm just saying that includes me.
She makes to leave.
Roe Oh, and I don't know if you heard. You know your guy in finance, with the suit and the hair?
Roe He's had a baby. Little boy. Named him Jeffrey.
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