To meet David Mixner is to meet a gentleman of the American South, and a force of American History. David first started shaping our country’s political landscape in college at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He went on to play various key roles in the National Democratic Party and dedicated much of his time in the late 60s to protesting the war in Vietnam. David is best known for his deep commitment to the LGBTQ community, advocating for legislation supporting AIDS patients and fighting for the inclusion of gays in the military. Now, a lifetime of politics has led David Mixner to the stage. Oh Hell No!, premiering at New World Stages on October 27th, is the second in a series of theatrical events in which Mr. Mixner leads audiences through his dynamic world – one of successes and struggles, joy and sadness, with an unyielding appreciation for our American history. We are happy and inspired to have this great man On The Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My total joy at laughing and having a sense of humor.
What was your proudest moment?
Watching the marriage equality battle finally win.
What is your favorite drink?
Diet Lemon Snapple.
What is your favorite food?
Ice cream and anything with coconut.
What is your favorite condiment?
What is your current obsession?
Not missing any part of life.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
My love for crime shows on television.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Presidential Medal of Freedom!
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Taking care of your neighbors.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
What in the world most thrills you?
First Class Travel.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Texting at meals, on sidewalks and generally missing the world we live in.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
Picking up the phone thinking it was someone else and launching into a religious hymn only to find out it was Senator Kennedy.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Singita in South Africa.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Humor and an active sexuality.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I would be one of those famous 'cat ladies' if I would allow myself.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
I changed someone's life.
What is your personal motto?
From Yeat's 'Easter Sunday 1916': Too Much Suffering Makes A Stone of the Heart.”