Lust 'n' Rust: The Trailer Park Musical

by  Frank Haney, Carol Kimball, Dave Stratton

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 4f

"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

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Lust 'n' Rust: The Trailer Park Musical

by  Frank Haney Carol Kimball Dave Stratton

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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"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)


  • Meet the characters of Lust n' Rust
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: Country/Western
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

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)


5m, 4f
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).
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

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.


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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 w ...

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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 i ...

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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 compan ...

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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.

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