Crayons Synopsis

Note: Characters can be of any gender. The pronouns in this synopsis (and in the script) are merely placeholders. They can be changed as desired.

The Green, Yellow, Blue, and Red crayons in Max’s box of crayons all meet up, wondering about the emergency meeting that Purple’s called. Emergency meetings are not the norm and they’re atwitter with anticipation. Purple arrives, commanding the attention of the other crayons. She presents the issue at hand: The new crayon. He doesn’t fit in and he isn’t an adequate replacement for someone who’s now gone. They need to decide what to do about him. Should they keep him around or get rid of him? Force him to live his life “outside of the box?”

As the crayons debate the issue, Green steps away and stews about the situation. He hates that the new crayon keeps getting all of the attention. What about him? How come no one ever notices him? It’s just so unfair that this crayon has to show up and steal all the focus of the others. Don’t they know there are other crayons out there? Don’t they know how important he is? Without green, how can they draw anything important? The debate picks up again. Blue pulls away, reflecting on the situation. She’s so sad about all the turmoil that’s come to the crayons lately. Things were so much better in the past, when there was no strife and everyone agreed. She wonders why they can’t go back to the way things were and reminisces about the drawings that they did in the good, old days.

Everyone is interrupted by the sudden appearance of the new crayon being debated, Flesh. The other crayons treat him coldly, except for Red who’s very friendly. Flesh asks what’s going on and everyone tries to avoid the topic, making it clear that they’re talking about him. They finally confess that it’s true. Flesh asks why he wasn’t invited. If he’s done something wrong and they’re talking about him, it seems only right that he be around to stand up for himself. But it’s not what he’s done that’s the problem. The other crayons are upset with what he is.
Yellow drifts away from the group, reflecting on the situation. He talks about how this Flesh is different from the last Flesh. Traditionally, Fleshes have always been a sort of pinkish peachy color. The change frightens him. He’s much more comfortable with familiar things. While he has nothing against Flesh personally, he just isn’t familiar and he’s afraid to try to get closer. What if it doesn’t go well? What if someone gets hurt? What if his friends don’t approve?

Flesh asks each of the crayons if he’s put them out in any way. None of them say yes. He turns to Red, asking if she likes him. Red adamantly does, but everyone dismisses her argument. She loves everyone. She admits that it’s true: She does love everyone. She just doesn’t understand hate. And she certainly doesn’t understand why anyone would hate Flesh. Purple demands a vote to decide if Flesh can stay or not. Red insists on abstaining, because she doesn’t want to offend anyone. The others all vote Flesh out. He turns to Red, asking her why she won’t speak up for him. Once again, she insists that she loves him. But says nothing. Which Flesh points out is the equivalent of rejecting him. Dejected, Flesh turns away from the others, disappearing to risk life “outside of the box.”