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Lust 'n' Rust: The Trailer Park Musical - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Lust 'n' Rust: The Trailer Park Musical

Frank Haney, Carol Kimball, Dave Stratton

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573628788

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Frank Haney, Carol Kimball and Dave Stratton

"Written with a lighthearted, affectionate touch, Lust 'n' Rust seeks the humanity in a trailer park." - TIMEOFF
"This country-western musical comedy delves beneath the surface of redneck stereotypes to find a hootin', hollerin' good time." - Bay Weekly

: Acting Edition
: Large Print
: Stage Manager

Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.


Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Takes place in a small, present day Illinois town, Twister Plaines. Summertime exteriors at the well-kept Redbud Mobile Estates trailer park. Interior of Smitty’s Diner, a cozy, slightly run-down, roadside restaurant. The Agribig factory, some sort of agricultural processing plant. The Agribig home office in New Jersey - a bland corporate headquarters.


Play w/ Music, Stage Combat

Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes


Appropriate for all audiences, Adult


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Falling for the waitress who serves your patty melt, telling your boss to go to hell...
Living paycheck to paycheck, while you still can, that's Lust 'n Rust, the original trailer park musical.

Lust 'n Rust is the story of Connie, an inhabitant of Redbud Mobile Estates who waits tables at Smitty’s Diner. Connie is splitting up with her soon to be ex-husband, Duane, who is trying to gain Connie's forgiveness for an unfortunate incident.  Connie’s life is soon complicated by the arrival of Steve, a corporate manager from New Jersey who is transferred to this small southern Illinois town to run the local Agribig food processing plant. He moves into Redbud Mobile Estates and meets Connie and her quirky friends.  It’s not long before Connie’s new boyfriend – Steve - is charged with a difficult assignment - an action that could have a disastrous impact on the local economy. 

Soon to be a major motion picture! Lust 'n Rust is currently being developed into a feature film by director Penelope Spheeris ("Wayne's World", "The Beverly Hillbillies") and Tom Martin, former Senior VP of Marketing for Universal Pictures.

NOTE: authors are open to being contacted by producers, directors, musicians who have licensed or are interested in the show.

To learn more visit: http://lustnrust.com/


"Written with a lighthearted, affectionate touch, Lust 'n' Rust seeks the humanity in a trailer park." - TIMEOFF

"This country-western musical comedy delves beneath the surface of redneck stereotypes to find a hootin', hollerin' good time." - Bay Weekly

"It's the best show I've seen in Calvert this year! This show is so fresh and original it deserves a wider venue." - The Calvert Recorder

"POSDJAALOFG: Plenty Of Singing, Dancing, Jokin' Around And Lots Of Fun. Go." - Southern Maryland Weekend

"Lust 'n' Rust is refreshing. The script is tight and well written and the songs veer between laugh-out-loud funny and downright romantic." - Reporter/Progress

"The well-written songs in Lust 'n' Rust, which pay tribute to blue-collar life, remain the musical's selling point. Haney, Kimball and Stratton have a deft hand around a ballad as well as the upbeat numbers." - Chicago Sun-Times

"Feisty and stirring country music...These hit songs don't even need dialogue to support them." - Chicago Tribune

"In my history of working at the TB, I cannot remember a show with a better opening week. An average opening week is about one fifth of what you took in." - Lorraine Townsend, Theatre Building (IL)

Lust 'n Rust was first presented by Lawn Chair Theater at the Theatre Building in Chicago in January 2001, setting box office records at this Chicago institution.



5m, 4f


Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


STEVE, CONNIE and DUANE are probably best cast as Caucasian. RED can be male or female, any ethnicity, but probably best played as a white good ol' boy. LATISHA is African-American only. TANYA, JUNIOR, BUZZ and JANETTE can be any ethnicity. HENDERSON is best played as older Caucasian male. Female will work, too. The music is arranged for guitar, piano, pedal steel, bass and drums. Several of the musical numbers can be enhanced with C&W dancing.


No Chorus

STEVE - East-coast yuppie with mid-western roots.
CONNIE - waitress at Smitty's Diner, soon to be divorced from Duane.
DUANE -blue-collar worker at the Agribig plant.
RED - resident manager and unofficial Mayor of the Redbud Mobile Estates trailer park.
LATISHA - African-American hair stylist, moved into the park from Chicago a year ago.
TANYA - best friend of Connie.
JUNIOR - Tanya's husband, a late shift worker at Agribig.
BUZZ - another late shift worker at Agribig.
JANETTE - a recent newcomer to the park, mother of twin two-year-olds.
HENDERSON - Corporate Vice President of Production, Agribig, Inc. (can be doubled with the Buzz, Junior or Janette role).
Rental Materials







10 Piano/Conductor Scores

Song Samples


Look Away

Redbud Mobile Estate

Caucasian Hair

Double Wide

Let Her Go

What We're Doin'

Bigger Than Yours

Once Upon A Time

They Say

Cajun Cookin'

Off to Mexico

Over and Done

Mobilized (Reprise)

  • Meet the characters of Lust n' Rust


Frank Haney

Frank Haney is an award winning film writer/producer/director whose work has been seen on A&E, The History Channel, and VH-1. Prior to his career as a filmmaker, Mr. Haney led, played guitar, sang and recorded with several seminal Midwestern country-rock groups (Silver Wings, The Farmers) and new wave bands (Astrosurf and Nukes). The son of a New York Philharmonic trombonist, Mr. Haney at ... view full profile

Carol Kimball

Carol Kimball

Carol Kimball was a musician and documentary filmmaker during the creation of this musical, simultaneously working in corporate communications. Post 9/11 she moved on to forge a career as a mortgage banker, which she did for several years. Yes, we know how that turned out. At the tender age of six in small town Ohio, Ms. Kimball begged her parents for piano lessons. She played by ear from the ... view full profile

Dave Stratton

Dave Stratton has been writing and producing comedy for almost thirty years, primarily for corporate events of Fortune 100 companies. He is a writer with healthcare advertising agency, Abelson Taylor. Previously, Mr. Stratton worked for some of the most prestigious film and multimedia production companies in the US, including a position as Creative Director for the world's largest corporate ... view full profile

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Thomas Colby 11/4/2013 3:39 PM
As an actor and director I have had the privilege to be in this show and direct it on two separate occasions. The show is a classic love interest with colorful characters who have a heartwarming and humorous relationship. The show works perfectly in a small intimate venue as well as many other options. Personally I feel the music lends itself best to a live band to really fulfill the feel the authors originally intended for it.  
Ann Whitney 10/21/2013 4:53 PM
This musical is heaps of fun, with characters and stories that are sincere and poignant, both modern and timeless.  
Catherine Rategan 10/9/2013 2:34 PM
Terrific music, nice book. Broad appeal to all audiences.

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