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Jeremy O. Harris

Jeremy O. Harris, Water Sports; or Insignificant White Boys, 2019. Performance view, BOFFO, Fire Island Pines, Brookhaven, NY, June 22, 2019. Jeremy O. Harris and Alex Fialho. Photo: An Pham.

LATE ONE MORNING this summer on Fire Island, I crawled out of a shared bed in a forsaken Airbnb and toward a breathtaking beach house owned by a wealthy Austrian. The dwelling had humungous windows overlooking the bay and was populated with antelope masks and Hanuman statues and a collection of beautiful, sensitive-seeming young men who greeted me warmly. Still half-asleep, I assessed that I had entered a queer fairy tale.

Jeremy O. Harris, Water Sports; or Insignificant White Boys, 2019. Performance view, BOFFO, Fire Island Pines, Brookhaven, NY, June 22, 2019. Jeremy O. Harris. Photo: Matthew Leifheit.

I was there to witness a one-day revival of Water Sports; or Insignificant White Boys (2015), the first script written by Jeremy O. Harris, our fading decade’s most exciting new playwright. Water Sports is an autofictional reverie, and this incarnation, produced by BOFFO, starred Harris as himself alongside porous stand-ins for James Baldwin, Robert Mapplethorpe, and several of Harris’s white ex-lovers. The play has been described by online commenters

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