Enron by Lucy Prebble

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?
Police Officer We can stand over there.
Skilling Then could you do that, please?
He does.
Roe I didn't think they'd let you come.
Skilling Dispensation. For an hour.
Roe Only one officer with you?
Skilling What do you think I'm gonna do?
Roe You look awful.
Skilling You seen what they're saying about us? Democrats trying to win votes from poor people they've never met.
Roe Is it true, after it fell – the only part of the business with any worth at all was my division? The things you could hold?
Skilling You got out!
Roe Not by choice.
Skilling Well, aren't you gonna thank me!?
Irene Gant, a more mature woman, approaches Skilling.
Irene Gant Mr Skilling? My name's Irene Gant. And I worked for Enron for twenty-five years. I did everything you asked. I took all my savings and I invested them in the company I worked for. I've lost a hundred and fifty thousand dollars. I have no money to retire on. And I'm living at my sister's. I wanted you to know because I swore, if I ever saw you in person, well, I don't wanna say.
Skilling What do you expect me to say to that?
Irene Gant I want an answer from you –
Skilling I don't have answers.
Irene Gant I have lost everything!
Roe This is not the place –
Irene Gant Oh, am I embarrassing you?! I'm sorry. Am I embarrassing you?!
Security Officer from earlier scene approaches the hubbub.
Security Officer There trouble here?
Skilling No.
The Security Officer glares at Skilling. Skilling recognises him.
Skilling I should go wait in the car.
Irene Gant Won't even apologise.
She spits at him and leaves.
The men look at each other. The Security Officer ushers Irene Gant back into the funeral throng.
Roe That guy's not here to stop you running. He's here to stop you getting hurt.
Skilling Can I walk in with you?
Roe I got to take care of myself here.
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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