Enron by Lucy Prebble

Act 2


Enron commercial with ethereal voices singing 'Why?'

Scene 1

Fastow's lair where LJM has been fully and complexly constructed, like a large, supportive web.
Among the shadows there are strange movements going on. The Raptors scuttle about. Not entirely human sounds. In the centre, Fastow.
The tiny red box is safely put away, buried. We can see it throb. The Raptors creep eerily around in the shadows.
Skilling enters. The Raptors hide.
Two more figures emerge from the shadows: it is the Lehman Brothers.
The Lehman Brothers give Fastow the money.
The conjoined figures struggle to turn round in unison, both pulling in opposite directions. Eventually, they manage it.
Skilling nods graciously.
The Lehman Brothers slink out.
Skilling goes to explore. One of the Raptors approaches Skilling to check him out. It smells him cautiously.
He feeds one of them a dollar bill.
The Raptors gain confidence at this and play with Skilling a little.
Skilling strokes a Raptor.

Scene 2: The Purge

One of the Raptors runs towards Roe and chases her out of the building.
After a moment, Lay enters Skilling's office, looking pained.
Lay Still feel raw about that.
Lay Can't recall what our thinking was there now.
Lay I never did like letting people go.You want to have a cigar?
Lay gives him one anyway.
Lay I was very disappointed in the things Claudia said in there. Didn't show a lot of class.
Lay I don't believe she had to go so far in trying to save her own skin.
Lay Any deceit is deceit. If something's brought before me I have to act on it. Doesn't have to be brought to me, of course.
Lay Now you made that decision and you brought it before me and a chain of events were put in place. Difficult to break that chain. You wanna pray with me, Jeffrey?
Lay bows his head in prayer, his hands together. He closes his eyes. Skilling copies him.
After a few moments, Lay has not spoken. Skilling opens his eyes. He watches Lay, not sure what to do.
He watches Lay, fascinated.
After a little while, Lay stops his silent prayers and raises his head. Skilling immediately tries to bow his to make it look like he hadn't stopped.
Lay Amen.
Lay Don't you worry, son.You know how you tell the scout on a pioneer wagon?
Lay He's the one with all the arrows sticking out of him.
Beat. Lay touches Skilling on the shoulder. It's a paternal, almost saintly action, but takes Skilling by surprise.
Lay Listen, I know it's not been easy, having an old man on your back. You want to ride out, get the bit in your teeth and I'm all for that. I'm gonna take a step back. Place you can use me is on the board, on the Washington golf courses, charityluncheons. That's what I'm good at. You just carry on making us millions.
Lay I'm gonna have more talk with Junior. I got hope for him yet.
Lay These things take time.Beat.Can't even smoke these indoors any more.
Lay Uh-uh. Can't even smoke indoors.
He drifts off. Pause. Skilling picks up the cigar left him.

Scene 3: Rooftop

Roe is having a last cigarette outside on the rooftop/terrace of the Enron building.
Skilling comes out.
Roe has been crying. She hastily attempts to cover any sign of her tears.
She stubs her cigarette out. She leaves him.
His Daughter blows bubbles somewhere on stage.
Skilling turns to his Daughter but she has disappeared, leaving only bubbles in her wake.

Scene 4: The American Spirit

Skilling gives a speech to Employees.

Scene 5: Andy's Lair Of LJM

Skilling enters. Fastow is with the Raptors watching the election results roll in.
Skilling stares at him.
Just then, Lay enters, hanging up on a phone call. He is deliberately oblivious to the strange, exaggerated world of LJM. The Raptors scuttle away.
Lay Gentlemen. Guess who's just got off a call with the next President of the United States?
Skilling is clutching his stomach.
Lay Like father like son.
Skilling falls to his knees with the relief.
Lay And we got ourselves a deregulated state to play with.
Lay grins.
Video footage of George W. Bush being sworn in as President of the United States.

Scene 6: Texas Vs California

The floor is flooded with Traders.
During the following, Traders are manipulating California's electricity market by moving energy around. It should be tremendous fun, extremely fast, physical and overlap is encouraged.
They all look.
News reports begin playing between and underneath the traders. They should overlap as appropriate.
Short physical sequence.
Physical sequence.
Lay (on phone) Kenneth Lay here for the Governor of California. Governor! I understand you're considering running for President. You think it's gonna help you any to have the sixth largest economy in the world go dark on your watch? Voters remember that sort of thing. So how 'bout paying the prices we're asking?Well, I'm sorry to hear you say that, Governor.
He hangs up the phone.
(to Traders)
Boys, step it up.
Physical sequence.
A climax of sound and activity is being reached. It builds and builds.
Everyone and everything is at fever pitch, yelling and encouraging.
A climax.
Every light in the world seems to go out.
Utter darkness everywhere. For a shade longer than is comfortable.
And then …
Nothing but the light from a small doorway.
In front of the light of the doorway, a man comes into view. It is the short, homuncular figure of Ken Lay. A suited man comes on stage and goes through the door, first shaking Lay's hand.
Lay Hi, Mr Mayor, I'm sure we can get this under control.
Another suited man approaches the door. Lay shakes hands with him.
Thanks for coming out.
Another suited man right behind him shakes Lay's hand and goes in.
Don't worry, I got the guy to fix this.
And then, another suited man approaches. He is huge and square and muscular in his suit. Lay looks up at him, his face breaking into a grin. They shake hands. The man's broad back fills the doorway.
Mr Schwarzenegger! I'm so glad you could make it. Now, let's go inside and talk about the future of California.
Arnold Schwarzenegger steps into the meeting, followed by Lay.
The door closes.

Scene 7: Skilling's Office

Skilling is in a meeting with the Lawyer.
The red box throbs from deep underneath.
A large Enron Security Officer appears in Skilling's doorway.
Skilling looks dishevelled and highly strung.
The Lawyer leaves.
The Security Officer checks around the office surfaces.
The Security Officer gets down on the floor too. He copies Skilling who puts his ear to floor. They listen, lying on the floor together.
They listen.
Skilling's head is leaning on his wrist with his watch on. He gets up, embarrassed.
They laugh.
Skilling nods.
Security Officer leaves.
Skilling's intercom beeps.

Scene 8: Andy's Lair

Skilling enters Fastow's shady lair, all anxiety.
The Raptors stay visible. Two have grown very bold now – fast and aggressive. One of them is weak and sickly, the other two flank it to protect it.
Skilling approaches to pet them and one of the strong Raptors is aggressive. He backs off. It follows him and pins him. Skilling is deeply unnerved by them.
Fastow enters.
He tazers a Raptor to protect Skilling. It falls down, ultimately unharmed. The others back off.
He tries to look at and comfort the injured Raptor.
The Raptors seem to hear him and snap around, maybe moving towards Fastow for support.
As Skilling is at his most manic and the Raptors are circling, Ken Lay enters.
Lay is absolutely oblivious to the Raptors, the odd environment and the men's turmoil. He holds two scraps of material.
Lay Hey, Jeff! Here you are. Listen, I need your opinion. I don't know which of these for the cabin of the new jet.
He holds the choices up.
Both men stare at him. The Raptors stare at him.
Lay So I'm hearing. I'll talk to Dick.
Lay Listen, if you boys are talking business –
Lay The stock is not going to fall. That is not going to happen. You're running this show, Jeff.
Lay (threatening) I don't want to have a conversation! Once you bury a dead dog, you don't dig it up to smell it.Now, which goddamn pattern?
Lay doesn't look at the Raptors or anything except the material swatches and sometimes Skilling.
Skilling, desperately buying into the charade, points at one. Lay nods, satisfied and lowers the swatches.
Lay OK, listen up. This is a confidence thing. You're gonna have to make a call with the stock analysts to reassure the market. This is just a confidence thing.
Lay Now!
Skilling, dead-eyed, gets ushered off by Lay.
Lay turns back, eyes the minion.
Lay Jeff's not here.
Lay You don't belong to me, boy.
He leaves.
Left alone with his creations, Fastow rallies himself to do his master's bidding. He eyes the Raptors.
He destroys the Raptors.
He torches LJM.

Scene 9: The Asshole

Skilling climbs stairs like a man on his way to the gallows, unkempt and addled.
He eyes the stock price.
Lay Everyone just needs a bit of faith restored. Stand straight, Jeffrey. You couldn't shave?
As he goes up, he notices his presence pushing the stock price up a very little bit.
Lay Here we go.
This spurs Skilling on.
As they go up, Enron Analysts and Journalists emerge from everywhere to listen to the conference call.
Silence. Skilling exhales.
Lay You'll take questions now.
There is utter silence as everyone realises what he just said to an important stock analyst.
Then suddenly there is frenetic activity.
The Analysts all get on their phones and BlackBerries to their banks and brokerage firms
The Analysts have taken themselves off, hurrying back to their marketplace hubs, a sea change in the offing.
But their effects are already painfully clear on the stock price, which is free-falling.
A spotlight on Skilling alone, unsupported. Just him and his representation of his self-worth, the stock price.
Skilling approaches it desperately, trying to regain former glories.
He ends, his arms outstretched, crucifying himself before the market.
The blocks beneath where Skilling was standing are removed by Analysts and Brokers as shares continue to be sold and the company weakens.
A sour, tuneless version of the 'Enron' barbershop quartet from earlier plays.

Scene 10: Private Meeting

Sheryl Sloman and Ken Lay are in a meeting with Skilling.
Lay We wanted to tell you first.
Lay Later on today. We don't want the market getting the wrong idea. You've been a great cheerleader for us.
Lay It's not cos of the stock.
This seems to affect him deeply.
Lay There are no accounting / issues –
Lay We're going to deal with all that.
Lay I can honestly say the company's in the best shape it's ever been.Jeff?
Lay Yeah, you go get ready to announce.
Skilling leaves.
Lay (understating) I would have preferred he stay.
Lay Depends what you mean by sick.
Lay Don't you worry about anything here. I'm a safe pair of hands.
With a reassuring squeeze of her arm, Lay stalks off, leaving Sloman thoughtful.
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