Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Philip Zwerling

Second Advisor

Dr. David Carren

Third Advisor

Dr. Brian Warren


The Last Orchard is a screenplay about two rival groups of ten-year-olds in 1989 Pharr, Texas. Their elementary school conflicts create a neighborhood war within their mobile home park, coinciding with the entire park's wide eviction and land ownership crisis. The story is written with a mythic fiction approach – a method I learned through Carl Jung's and Joseph Campbell's works on archetypes, mythology, and the hero's journey; it is a practical tool for storytelling. The Last Orchard is based on Homer's Iliad: the Trojan War, its heroes, and gods. Some plays and numerous films have their mythic counterparts, along with those that have employed mythic fiction in the same manner that I have for my script. These films include: Pygmalion (1938) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).


Copyright 2012 Caleb D. Camacho. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American