Enron by Lucy Prebble

Scene 9: Party Like It's 1999

Flashes from cameras.
A media event becomes a party filled with Employees, Press and Analysts. It's a financial love-in.
Skilling is being photographed for yet another magazine cover as the dynamic CEO changing the world. The Photographer is beneath him to make him look impressive, god-like.
A Reporter interviews him.
Skilling I'm just pleased we're giving shareholders value for money.
Skilling We're aggressive, we take risks, and that's why we're successful. Way I see it, if your executives aren't waking up at four in the morning, their heart beating out of their chest, they're not doing their job.
The Reporter flirts a bit.
Skilling Well, I was gonna wait to announce this later tonight, but I'll give you a sneak preview. Video On Demand. We've teamed up with Blockbuster and Enron's gonna be streaming movies directly into your home by this time next year.
The stock price goes up.
Skilling is approached by Lay.
Skilling Hi, great to meet you.
Above:
Skilling Still working, I guess.
Skilling He's not a performer, he's got his own qualities.
Skilling Oh for – seriously, Ken? You're listening to her!? She's jealous! This has all been built by me for Christ's sake. He's mine! All these ideas are mine!
Skilling Broadband, electricity, energy trading, Video On Demand –
Concerned Employees approach Skilling.
Skilling Video On Demand?
Skilling We've got our best people working on it.
Skilling Tell me what you need and you'll get it.
Skilling Bandwidth?
Skilling I know what the fuck bandwidth is. Buy as much as we need.
Skilling There's a finite amount?
Skilling And people want it?
Skilling slaps the employee on the back. He turns back to the press interview.
Skilling Here's the next big thing, people: trading bandwidth.
Skilling (turns to everyone) Yeah, it's a hell of an Enron idea. If you're not using your bandwidth capacity, we could sell it on. It's tradeable. But people don't think in those terms because it's a virtual commodity. Well, Enron gets virtual. We're changingbusiness, we're changing people's lives, we're changing the world.
Lay applauds. The Employees are congratulated and sheepishly proud. The stock goes up hugely. Reaction is ecstatic, like a religious cult. Skilling is messiah-like.
A huge party: absurd, luxurious, delusional, the peak of bull-market excess. Skilling shakes hands with everyone, is treated like a movie star.
Just then, Roe makes a grand entrance to the party. Never one to be outshone, she is on a Harley motorbike, dressed entirely in leather.
Skilling You've got to be kidding me.
She shows off the back on which is stitched 'ENRON'. Whoops of celebration. She removes the helmet, revealing herself, and shakes down her hair. Everyone loves it and all attention is lavished on her.
Skilling This is what I'm talking about. Everything's the Claudia Roe show.
Above:
Roe turns on the party's big event – the lighting up of a huge neon display welcoming in the new year: 2000.
Below:
Fastow turns slowly around to see the other two Raptors have also taken corporeal form and have crept into LJM.
Blackout.
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