Enron by Lucy Prebble

Act 3

Scene 1: The Earthquake Hits

September 11th 2001.
They improvise their responses.
Eventually …
Ken Lay comes out to give a speech.
As the speech goes on, Lay becomes surrounded by tiny pieces of shredded paper being blown all over him, all over the stage. He keeps trying to carry on regardless. The shredding represents the huge destruction of documents going on at Enron and Arthur Andersen.
Collapse.

Scene 2: Circle Of Blame

Detritus litters the stage. Order must be restored. Trials / hearings.
Those responsible are present around the outskirts of the stage, maybe some sort of a circle: Lay, Fastow, Ramsay and Hewitt, Arthur Andersen, the Board. But not Skilling.
A light moves from player to player as they speak.
Arthur Andersen wrestles his dummy into acquiescence.
Skilling enters the hearing.
Skilling I will testify. I'll answer any question you got. I'll take a lie detector test right here, right now. This whole situations's been terrible for a lot of people, and I'm here to explain what happened. And how I can help.
Skilling When I left Enron corporation, on August 14th of the year 2001, I believed that the company was in – was in great shape.
Skilling I don't have the records with me.
Skilling No that would – that would not be a surprise.
Skilling Well, I guess –
Skilling At this point … I have thirty-six separate lawsuits against me. It is my expectation that I will spend the next five to ten years of my life battling those lawsuits.
Skilling The markets were … destroyed after September 11th. There were allegations of accounting problems, of accounting irregularities. In business terms, that's tantamount to yelling fire in a crowded theatre. It becomes a run on the bank.
Gavel bang three times.

Scene 3: Trial

Skilling Yes.
Skilling I knew and understood that it was legal.
Skilling I would never steal from Enron.
Skilling I did not know that.
Skilling None.
Skilling That sounds –
Skilling I believed in Enron.
Skilling I resigned because the market demanded it.
Skilling The company was worth what it was worth because of me.
Beat.
Skilling I did.
Skilling I didn't know him well.
Skilling I don't see how that's – (relevant) /
Skilling We didn't do anything that every other company doesn't do! We did it more! We did it better! Show me one transaction the accountants and lawyers didn't sign off on!
Lay and Fastow are cuffed. Skilling is cuffed.

Scene 4: The Street

Skilling (I don't want to do it any more.)A man walks past him, completely ignores his intoxication and walks on by. (Mumbled.) I'm Jeff. Fuck off. Jeff. Where's it now and aren't talking to you when you're not even here …
Unintelligible sounds.
Another man walks past him, Skilling almost walks into him. The man makes a sound of disgust and walks on.
Skilling walks by a Woman working as a prostitute.
Skilling What?
Skilling Why, what do you want?
Skilling They probably … I don't know if I should. I'm out on bail …
Skilling Who are you?
Skilling Are you with them?
Skilling Are you talking through her now? No. You think I'm … You're with the FBI. Are you recording this?
Skilling Stop recording! Who else?
Skilling Where's the fucking thing? Where's the wire –
Skilling Stop lying …
Skilling gropes at the Woman's chest, trying to expose the wire under her shirt. He tears at it. She screams.
She storms off.
Skilling Don't you see! This is my life!

Scene 5: Skilling's House, October 2006

Daughter watches an Enron commercial on television with no sound. Eventually –
The Lawyer lets himself into Skilling's house.
Slowly, eerily, she rises to face him, stares at him.
She walks away from him, leaving the room.
Eventually Skilling enters in his robe, drinking a Diet Coke and eating a Twinkie.
Skilling Hey.
Beat.
Skilling No.Thanks for coming to the house.
Skilling Are we going to talk about the appeal?
Skilling Oh.
Skilling Which they may do –
Skilling Twenty.
Pause.
Skilling Let's talk about the appeal.
Beat.
Skilling You believe me, don't you?
Beat.
Skilling Not my wrongdoing.
Skilling Doing. Doyng. Wrongdoyng!
Skilling Oh those fucking guys –
Skilling Ha!
Skilling I told my daughter I was innocent. I believe I am innocent.
Skilling Being innocent makes me innocent though, right?
Skilling The state's regulations were a mess.
Beat.
Skilling Took advantage of that. Are you kidding me? Took advantage of …! That's what we do. In business, you buy something at one price, you sell it at a higher one and what's in between, that's your advantage. Which you take. That's how the world works. If you want an objective morality present in every contract, you're living in a dream. You know how difficult it is to get five people in a room to agree anything? The only way I can be sure I can trust a contract is cos every party's in it for themselves. So when you ask, 'Did we take advantage of that?' … you know what I hear? I hear, 'Do you make a living, do you breathe in and out, are you a man?' And I know that the only difference between me and the people judging me is they weren't smart enough to do what we did.
Skilling I get that! I've lost everything. This is my life! I'm a captain of fucking industry!
Beat.
Skilling None of them fit.
Skilling Andy broke my goddamn heart. Ken'll never go that way.
Skilling What? Blame Ken?
Skilling (snorts) You're going with that! You're going with the guy's closer to death …?
Skilling And then just go on like before …
Skilling's home phone begins to ring. He makes to answer the phone.
The Lawyer answers the phone.
Skilling But that makes us look guilty.
The Lawyer listens.
Skilling You don't think that makes me look guilty?
The Lawyer hangs up.
Skilling tries to process the news.
Skilling How?
Skilling I know what it means. It's just me.

Scene 6: The Funeral

We're outside. Before a funeral. It is sunny.
As Skilling dresses for a funeral, guests in mourning black gather. Claudia Roe enters in mourning black, an ostentatious hat obscuring her face. He sees her.
Skilling Claudia.
Skilling is flanked by a Police Officer in a suit and dark glasses. The Secret Service presence is noticeable.
Skilling Can you just give me a minute?
Skilling Then could you do that, please?
He does.
Skilling Dispensation. For an hour.
Skilling What do you think I'm gonna do?
Skilling You seen what they're saying about us? Democrats trying to win votes from poor people they've never met.
Skilling You got out!
Skilling Well, aren't you gonna thank me!?
Irene Gant, a more mature woman, approaches Skilling.
Skilling What do you expect me to say to that?
Skilling I don't have answers.
Security Officer from earlier scene approaches the hubbub.
Skilling No.
The Security Officer glares at Skilling. Skilling recognises him.
Skilling I should go wait in the car.
She spits at him and leaves.
The men look at each other. The Security Officer ushers Irene Gant back into the funeral throng.
Skilling Can I walk in with you?
Beat.
Baptist church bells. Roe leaves to enter the church alone.
Skilling is left alone watching the employees enter the church. He eventually turns to leave.
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