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?
Skilling I'll leave you alone.
Skilling You can go and get any number of jobs –
Skilling Not any more.
Skilling I asked Ken because I thought it would be worse for me to fire you –
Skilling I didn't have to lie. You're an amateur.
Skilling Did you tell him something I should know about …?
Skilling Of course not. That would make all the profits we've declared on those things void.
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 –
Skilling We will.
Skilling You don't know anything.
Skilling I went to Harvard.
Skilling I left all that behind.
Skilling Get out of my building.
She stubs her cigarette out. She leaves him.
His Daughter blows bubbles somewhere on stage.
Skilling I have to check the stock price.
Skilling Because that's how Daddy knows how much he's worth.
Skilling Well, the market knows how many people believe in Daddy. That's important.
Skilling It's important because I want people to like me. I don't want them to go round saying bad things.
Skilling Because in business these things matter.
Skilling Because it's important to look strong. That's the first thing.
Skilling Because that's how you make money.
Skilling Because I want to provide for you.
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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