Agree to Disagree
Act i, Scene i: High School Track
Jessica: Come on! [Out of breath] And why not?
Caleb: [Out of breath] I told you. I’m going to do football instead.
Jessica: Why are you going to do football over cross country?
Jessica: Because!? [Out of breath] You gotta have a better answer than that!
Caleb: Because I like football, ok? [Out of breath] Football’s my sport. It’s what gets me pumped up. Besides, you’re not gonna do track this year. [Out of breath] You’re gonna do rodeo!
Jessica: This isn’t about me, [Out of breath] this is about you.
Caleb: How is this about me? Why do you care [Out of breath] if I do football instead of cross country?
Jessica: Because all you do in football is tackle people and get hurt! [Out of breath] I don’t want you to get hurt.
Caleb: Well, you’re gonna do rodeo instead of track! You’re [Out of breath] just as likely to get hurt doing rodeo as I am doing football!
[Both stop running]
Jessica: Not even! Football you can get concussions, break bones-
Caleb: And rodeo you can die! Horse falls on you. Horse bucks you off into metal fence. Roping steer runs you through with it’s horns-
Coach Smith: [Yelling] Hey! Are you guys running or talking? I can’t tell.
Jessica: Running of course, Coach! [Aside to Caleb] At least some of us are going to be running.
Caleb: Hey, I’m not the only one that’s not going to be run-
Coach Smith: Hey, I want you two talkers to do one more lap on the track, and then stretch for 90 seconds!
Caleb: [Out of breath] Ok, Coach!
[Both start running again]
Jessica: This isn’t over [Out of breath] yet. . .Caleb? Caleb! Stop ignoring me.
Caleb: [Out of breath] I was thinking- Do you really mean that?
Jessica: Mean what?
Caleb: The whole [Out of breath] “I don’t want you to get hurt” thing.
Jessica: Of course! [Out of breath] I don’t want you to get hurt! That’s why I don’t want you to do football-
Caleb: I don’t want you to get hurt either. [Out of breath] That’s why I don’t want you to do rodeo.
Jessica: Rodeo is a part of me. It’s [Out of breath] what I was raised with. It’s what my family does. When I’m flying down the arena, I feel the most alive. Kinda like when you finish a cross country race and you have that feeling like “Yeah, I just did that”.
Caleb: Football is the same way for me. It’s my family’s thing and [Out of breath] how we spend time together. There’s nothing else in the world like scoring the winning touchdown.
Jessica: Fine, fine! I guess [Out of breath] we’ll just have to agree to disagree.
Caleb: Yeah, and promise me you won’t get hurt.
Jessica: I’m not gonna-
Caleb: Just, promise me.
Jessica: Alright, alright. I won’t get hurt, but you need to promise me too.
Caleb: I won’t get hurt either.
Coach Smith: You guys are doing an awful lot of talking! Caleb! Don’t let Jessica be taller than you! You’re running hunched over! And Jessica! Why are you running like a cheerleader? Your hands are going all over the place!
Caleb: Sorry, Coach!
Jessica: [Aside to Caleb] You’ve gotta admit, you’re gonna miss Coach!