Enron by Lucy Prebble

Scene 7: Skilling's Office

Skilling is watching the financial news.
Skilling Well. This is my office.
Skilling turns the sound down on the television.
Skilling You probably want Ken's office. It's just down the hall.
Skilling Have you seen the stock price today?
Skilling nods.
Skilling Well, I'm sure you've got more class than that.
She waits for him to say it.
Skilling It's not about that.
Skilling That's traders. I don't call it that.
Skilling I don't know.
Skilling Skank of America.
She nods. Beat.
Skilling At Harvard?
Skilling Really?
Skilling Give him my number.
Skilling I heard about your party for the opening of the plant at Dabhol.
Skilling You hired an elephant.
Skilling I don't have time to jet off to your consolation prize in India. I'm running a company here.
Skilling You know the whole thing was a coward's way of getting things done.
Skilling That's not true.
Skilling That's business!
Skilling Damn right it is!
Skilling Either I'm running this company or Ken is.
Skilling I do! He just … nods and … gives me a cigar!
Skilling It's the shareholders' company.
Skilling I don't know if Ken is the smartest guy ever to run a company or the dumbest motherfucker in the world.
Skilling Do I?
Skilling I … You mean I lost weight.
Skilling It works.
Skilling Well, I don't know, Claud, I guess. It's lasers in your eyes.
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.
Skilling Don't. I don't think that's / (a very good idea).
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.
Skilling If someone's prepared to pay that for us then / that's what we're worth –
Skilling Sixty billion dollars. That's nearly two thousand years.
Skilling Forget it.Fuck. How is that possible?!
Skilling Yeah.
She makes to leave.
Skilling Andy Fastow?
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