Power Play

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0120090622

First of two plays by business writer and broadcaster Margaret Heffernan about the collapse of US company Enron in 2001, combining drama with audio archive from Senate hearings.

It is spring 2000 and new recruit Vanessa, fresh out of business school, joins the aggressive band of traders on the trading floor of Enron's Western Power desk, whose market manipulation, dishonesty and culture of macho ruthlessness is bringing California to its knees.

Vanessa....Andrea LeBlanc

Karl....Jin Suh

Hank....Hilario Saavedra

Produced in collaboration with the Centre for New Performance, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles.

Directed by Sara Davies.

By Margaret Heffernan.

Vanessa joins the aggressive traders of Enron's Western Power desk.

02 LASTWilful Blindness *20090623

Second of two plays by business writer and broadcaster Margaret Heffernan about the collapse of US company Enron in 2001, combining drama with audio archive from Senate hearings.

It is now the summer of 2006.

Kenneth Lay, the former chairman of Enron, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud and is awaiting sentencing at his home in Aspen, Colorado.

On the day before Independence Day a new gardener arrives, a young woman with a business background who has made a recent career change.

Lay doesn't know her, but she knows him - she once worked for his company.

Vanessa is determined to confront her ex-employer, and in the course of one intense day, she demands that he face up to a responsibility he has refused to recognise for four years.

Kenneth Lay....John Fleck

Vanessa....Andrea LeBlanc

Linda Lay....Mary Lou Rosato

Produced in collaboration with the Centre for New Performance, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles.

Directed by Sara Davies.

By Margaret Heffernan.

As Ken Lay awaits sentencing, a new gardener arrives at his home.