|MURAYAMA HEIJŪRŌ I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ 8th lunar month of 1707
Master: Murayama Heiemon II
Sons: Murayama Heijūrō II, Murayama Heijūrō III, Murayama Heijūrō IV
Disciple: Murayama Jūheiji I
1672: his name appears for the first time in the Kabuki records, as a disciple of Murayama Heiemon II, who performs with his master in Kyōto.
3rd lunar month of 1685: Heijūrō goes to Edo and performs at the Ichimuraza.
1688: Heijūrō goes back to Ōsaka.
1st lunar month of 1690: Heijūrō plays in Ōsaka in the drama "Sakaba no Ōji", which is produced by Iwai Hanshirō I.
3rd lunar month of 1693: Heijūrō plays in Ōsaka in Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaichō", which is produced by Iwai Hanshirō I and stars along with Heijūrō the actors Sugiyama Kanzaemon I and Iwai Sagenta I; this production is a success and a long run (150 days). The same play is simultaneously staged in Kyōto at Miyako Mandayū's theater.
1694: Heijūrō becomes zamoto and produces in Ōsaka the drama "Wakoku Fūryū Kyōdai Kagami", in which he plays the role of Soga Gorō Tokimune. His stage partners are Takeshima Kōzaemon I (Soga Jūrō Sukenari), Nishikawa Okanosuke (Jūrō's lover Ōiso no Tora) and Hayama Heiemon (the Soga brothers' mother).
11th lunar month of 1695: Heijūrō goes to Edo and performs at the Moritaza.
26th day of the 12th lunar month of 1695: a fire breaks out in the district of Sukiyabashi, which burns the Moritaza to the ground.
1st lunar month of 1696: Heijūrō plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the drama "Fuwa Nagoya Uikamuri"; the role of Nagoya Sanza, Banzaemon's rival in love, is played by Nakamura Shichisaburō I.
Winter 1698/1699: Heijūrō goes back to Ōsaka.
4th lunar month of 1699: Heijūrō plays in the same theater the role of Taira no Masakado in the drama "Ryūjo Tsuya Oshiroi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshirō II; the role of Masakado's enemy Tawara no Tōta is played by Sakurayama Shōzaemon I.
1st lunar month of 1700: Heijūrō plays the role of Moriya no Daijin in the drama "Onna Chōteki Sangoku Denraiki", which is produced in Ōsaka at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (Ōsaka) by Araki Yojibei I.
Fall 1701: Heijūrō plays in Ōsaka the role of Mochizuki Jūrozaemon in the drama "Nagori no Sakazuki", which is produced by Arashi San'emon II.
11th lunar month of 1704: Heijūrō becomes zamoto in Ōsaka.
1st lunar month of 1705: Heijūrō produces in Ōsaka the new year drama "Miura no Ōsuke Hyakuhaimaru".
2nd lunar month of 1706: Heijūrō produces in Ōsaka the drama "Washi no Oyama Kaichō".
Fall 1706: Heijūrō goes to Kyōto.
11th lunar month of 1706: Heijūrō performs at Kameya Kumenojō's theater.
8th lunar month of 1707: he is supposed to go to Edo with Murayama Heiemon III and receives 50 ryō for the trip. He suddenly dies and his son Murayama Kinjūrō (the future Murayama Heijūrō II) replaces him.
Murayama Heijūrō I was a good tachiyaku actor, who was active from the 1670s to the 1700s. He was more a katakiyaku in his prime but definitively switched to tachiyaku roles in 1699. He was said to be better in jidaimono than in sewamono and was endowed with a powerful voice.
Murayama Heijūrō I
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