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.
Gavel bang three times.

Scene 3: Trial

Lawyer Mr Fastow, you've spent a great deal of time today describing your actions as 'a hero of Enron'. Do you really view your behaviour as heroic?
Lawyer Were you a hero when you stole from Enron – yes or no?
Lawyer You must be consumed by an insatiable greed. Is that fair to say?
Lawyer That sounded awfully rehearsed, Mr Fastow.
Lawyer Are you smart, Mr Skilling?
Lawyer 2 Sure you are. So you knew and understood what Mr Fastow was doing at your company?
Lawyer Did you steal?
Lawyer Did you profit personally, illegally from LJM?
Lawyer 2 You did not want to know.
Lawyer How much?
Lawyer Try.
Lawyer Forty five million (!)And how much did Mr Skilling profit personally?
Lawyer None! So doesn't it make sense that you'd protect yourself today? Say anything to get your boss convicted, maybe make arrangements with the federal government!
Lawyer 2 Objection!
Lawyer He promoted you, supported you and trusted you, did not profit at all, yet was betrayed by you!
Lawyer 2 Mr Skilling, During the period of February '99 through June 2001, did you convert your stock worth sixty-six million dollars?
Lawyer 2 All the time telling employees to invest?
Lawyer We all know you know 'bout stealing' Mr Fastow –
Lawyer No, you committed crimes at Enron!
Lawyer 2 You thought the company was fine, everything was fine, with things in such great shape, why did you resign?
Lawyer 2 You left a sinking ship! Women and children first, right after Jeff!
Lawyer 2 Does that include the nothing it's worth now?
Beat.
Lawyer 2 Remind me, Mr Skilling, who hired Andy Fastow?
Lawyer But LJM was your idea?
Lawyer 2 And when you made him CFO, you knew the sort of man he was?
Lawyer 2 He worshipped you, wanted to impress you –
Lawyer 2 Andy Fastow came to you with LJM, with this insane idea, you knew that it was wrong, but you signed off!
Lawyer When the history books are written about what happened at Enron you know your name is going to be on that page. You want to make sure Mr Skilling's name is on that page also.
Lay and Fastow are cuffed. Skilling is cuffed.

Scene 4: The Street

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 gropes at the Woman's chest, trying to expose the wire under her shirt. He tears at it. She screams.
She storms off.

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.
Lawyer You mind me having a key?
Beat.
Lawyer Not a lot of choice.
Lawyer We can do that.I want to talk about the sentence.
Lawyer I can tell you the maximum, but that is the maximum.If they want to make an example of you –
Lawyer They absolutely do.
Pause.
Lawyer Yeah.
Lawyer That's what you're instructing me to do?
Beat.
Beat.
Lawyer I'm gonna be straight with you, I think we should appeal, I think that's our option. But there is further evidence coming to light all the time of alleged wrongdoing at the company –
Lawyer Not your wrongdoing.
Lawyer Recordings and testimony from those involved, particularly traders –
Lawyer Stating that they behaved in an amoral manner –
Lawyer An appeal would only shed further light on –
Lawyer Neither of those things make you innocent.
Lawyer Jeff, they're going to imply that the traders at your company caused huge blackouts in California for months, maybe years. That you gamed the state –
Lawyer And you took advantage of that?
Beat.
Lawyer A lot of people lost everything.
Lawyer Well you wanna put some pants on, captain?
Beat.
Lawyer There's another player in this still we should talk about. You were running that company but you reported to its chairman, Ken Lay. And he's gonna be getting the same advice Andy got –
Lawyer But you could.
Lawyer The man's sixty-four years old –
Lawyer They want a name. They want a face.
Skilling's home phone begins to ring. He makes to answer the phone.
Lawyer I need you to stop answering the phone. Stop answering questions. Your name needs to be 'no comment' until I tell you.
The Lawyer answers the phone.
Lawyer Who is it?
Lawyer I'm his lawyer.
The Lawyer listens.
Lawyer OK. OK.
Lawyer I will.
The Lawyer hangs up.
Lawyer Jeff. Jeff, Ken Lay died.
Skilling tries to process the news.
Lawyer They didn't say.
Lawyer I'm sorry. I gotta find out what this means.

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 is flanked by a Police Officer in a suit and dark glasses. The Secret Service presence is noticeable.
He does.
Irene Gant, a more mature woman, approaches Skilling.
Security Officer from earlier scene approaches the hubbub.
The Security Officer glares at Skilling. Skilling recognises him.
She spits at him and leaves.
The men look at each other. The Security Officer ushers Irene Gant back into the funeral throng.
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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