Enron by Lucy Prebble

Act 2

Opening

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 gives him one anyway.
Pause.
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.
Beat.
Beat. Lay touches Skilling on the shoulder. It's a paternal, almost saintly action, but takes Skilling by surprise.
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.
Beat.
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.
Beat.
Beat.
Skilling stares at him.
Beat.
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.
Skilling is clutching his stomach.
Skilling falls to his knees with the relief.
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.
Laughter.
News reports begin playing between and underneath the traders. They should overlap as appropriate.
Short physical sequence.
Laughter.
Physical sequence.
He hangs up the phone.
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.
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.
Security Officer You wanted me to take a look at something?
The Lawyer leaves.
Security Officer Sir.
Security Officer You think you're being bugged, sir?
Security Officer That might be a matter for the FBI –
Security Officer You think it's the government, sir?
Security Officer A rival company – ?
The Security Officer checks around the office surfaces.
Security Officer I'm in Security, sir.
Security Officer It's good.
Security Officer Absolutely, sir. I got a daughter and I'd like her to go to college, do something real … Well, things become a lot easier with the stock options you've given us, that becomes a possibility.
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.
Security Officer Might that be your watch, sir?
Skilling's head is leaning on his wrist with his watch on. He gets up, embarrassed.
Security Officer Could be something just needs rewiring, sometimes a static charge / (can build up).
Security Officer Well, you let me know if you hear anything.
Security Officer Real dry. The trees are bribing the dogs.
They laugh.
Security Officer Weather?
Security Officer Like insurance?
Security Officer You're losing me, sir.
Security Officer Sounds a little out of my –
Security Officer I just want to do my job.
Security Officer You're telling me to –
Beat.
Security Officer I'm a Security Officer, sir.
Security Officer I just got a shift I gotta do is all.
Security Officer I'm fine. We trust you all up here, sir.
Security Officer Nothing to it. I apologise.
Security Officer Sure. It's your company, sir … You run it how you want it run.
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.
Beat.
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.
He holds the choices up.
Both men stare at him. The Raptors stare at him.
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.
Pause.
Skilling, dead-eyed, gets ushered off by Lay.
Lay turns back, eyes the minion.
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.
As he goes up, he notices his presence pushing the stock price up a very little bit.
This spurs Skilling on.
As they go up, Enron Analysts and Journalists emerge from everywhere to listen to the conference call.
Silence. Skilling exhales.
Pause.
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.
Pause.
This seems to affect him deeply.
Skilling leaves.
Beat.
With a reassuring squeeze of her arm, Lay stalks off, leaving Sloman thoughtful.
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