World premiere of “They Call Me a Hero” play

Daniel Hernandez, Jr.
Daniel Hernandez, Jr., courtesy of  Daniel

WORLD PREMIERE They Call Me A Hero by Guillermo Reyes Based on A Memoir by Daniel Hernandez Directed by Barclay Goldsmith

Production by Borderlands Theater, performed at Zuzi Theater, 738 N. 5th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona,

Based on the memoirs of Daniel Hernandez, the 20 year old intern who saved Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s life and became a national hero, THEY CALL ME A HERO examines the life of an unexpected hero thrown into a whirl-wind of publicity. As his private life becomes public,Daniel’s family and upbringing in South Tucson provides the backbone that empowers him.


Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. with Sunday matinees at 2:00 P.M. Opening Night $24, General $20, Senior $17, Student $14 (group rates and various discounts available) Please call the Borderlands Box Office (520)882-7406 to make your reservations. Order online as their website.

Carolyn’s note: Daniel Hernandez Jr. is a local Tucsonan, a graduate of the University ofArizona,  and is now a School Bd. member on the Sunnyside Unified School District governing board, and running for re-election. He wrote this memoir “They Call Me a Hero” in 2013 (which I have yet to read). Cover of book below:

TheyCallMea Hero

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Just finished reading Daniel’s “They Call Me A Hero” autobiography about how he helped save Congresswoman Giffords’ life on 1/8/11, all the media attention he got after that tragedy, and how he made politics his passion in life (over his original goal to become a medical doctor). In the epilogue he talks of the five lessons he has learned in his short life: the importance of education, the value of kindness, the importance of civility, and the necessity of leadership and public service. Good luck Daniel in the rest of your already famous life. You are indeed a hero.

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