Enron by Lucy Prebble

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.
Skilling You're not gonna jump are you, Claud?
Roe Fuck you.
Skilling I'll leave you alone.
Roe Don't move. Don't you dare go anywhere.
Skilling You can go and get any number of jobs –
Roe I WANT TO WORK HERE!Beat.This is where I work!
Skilling Not any more.
Roe That man had faith in me for fifteen years. I've given my life to this company. You had him come in and talk to me like I'm some thieving kid in his store.
Skilling I asked Ken because I thought it would be worse for me to fire you –
Roe I was not fired. I resigned. You show me one part of my numbers done differently from anyone else here – you lied to get me out.
Skilling I didn't have to lie. You're an amateur.
Roe Oh, really?
Skilling Did you tell him something I should know about …?
Roe There's rumours. Is it true Broadband and Electricity aren't bringing in any money? That Video On Demand doesn't even have the technology developed?
Skilling Of course not. That would make all the profits we've declared on those things void.
Roe Yes, it would.
Skilling Why do people talk that way? We'll make those profits. It's like playing poker with these guys who get mad when you win on the last card, 'Why did you stay in? You're not playing properly!' It's poker, you idiot. Doesn't matter how you win – as long as you win! When electricity gets deregulated, the cashflow –
Roe Oh, grow the fuck up. Electricity won't be deregulated! Ken's not gonna get that kid in the White House!
Skilling We will.
Roe I could have made India work! All your deals getting doneall the time, bad deals. Sign it, book it, throw it over the fence. Doesn't matter if it's a bad deal, just get the deal done.
Skilling You don't know anything.
Roe I know you.You know when you went to that college in Pennsylvania.
Skilling I went to Harvard.
Roe (shakes head) When your father showed you round his old college in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. You told me about it our first night. You looked out that window, saw all those abandoned steel mills, for miles. All that dead industry. That gray sky.
Skilling I left all that behind.
Roe No. That's what you're creating now.
Skilling Get out of my building.
Roe You know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna go home, to my beautiful children. And I'm gonna sell every single one of my shares.
She stubs her cigarette out. She leaves him.
His Daughter blows bubbles somewhere on stage.
Daughter One, two, three, four, five –
Skilling I have to check the stock price.
Daughter Why?
Skilling Because that's how Daddy knows how much he's worth.
Daughter Why?
Skilling Well, the market knows how many people believe in Daddy. That's important.
Daughter Why?
Skilling It's important because I want people to like me. I don't want them to go round saying bad things.
Daughter Why?
Skilling Because in business these things matter.
Daughter Why?
Skilling Because it's important to look strong. That's the first thing.
Daughter Why?
Skilling Because that's how you make money.
Daughter Why?
Skilling Because I want to provide for you.
Daughter Why?
Beat.
Skilling Because I love you. Now let Daddy go to work.
Skilling turns to his Daughter but she has disappeared, leaving only bubbles in her wake.
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