Enron by Lucy Prebble

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.
Skilling Andy?!No reply.Andy!
Fastow enters.
He tazers a Raptor to protect Skilling. It falls down, ultimately unharmed. The others back off.
Skilling What the fuck was that?!
Skilling What's wrong with that one?
Skilling Too much what?
Skilling Will it spread?
He tries to look at and comfort the injured Raptor.
Skilling Well. That's a good reason. That's a good excuse, we're getting rid of them.
The Raptors seem to hear him and snap around, maybe moving towards Fastow for support.
Skilling You heard me.
Skilling Get rid of them.Beat.I need you to fly out to New York.
Skilling A reporter. Fortune magazine. They're running an article on us.
Skilling It's not a positive article.
Skilling They have questions.
Skilling You got to go out there and explain how it works. How money flows through the business. That we're not a black box.
Skilling We are not! We're a logistics company! With a ton of great ideas –
Skilling You're going and you're / (gonna) –
Skilling You're Chief Financial Officer –
Skilling (violent) Be a fucking man! You're going to have to choose between LJM and Enron.
Skilling I created you!Andy, I love you. And I would do anything for you. But you're gonna have to choose.
Beat.
Skilling Look, if we disclose everything, there'll be panic, right?
Skilling So for everybody's good, they don't want trouble, we don't want trouble –
Skilling Andy, don't you dare say that in my – (presence).
Skilling Nothing?! Twenty thousand employees taking home paychecks nothing? World's most innovative company? We run Texas, is that nothing? Then the whole fucking thing's nothing. Then the world's nothing.
Skilling You go and you do that!
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.
Skilling (slowly) Andy has to fly out to New York.
Skilling That won't do it. Ken, this has all been across your desk, you know what's / going on.
Skilling And if the stock falls –
Skilling We need to have a / conversation –
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.
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