|NAKAMURA JIROZA I|
Nakamura Jiroza I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ 1748
Masters: Nakamura Yazaemon, Otowa Jirosabur˘ I (???)
Brother: Nakamura Senjűr˘
Disciple: Nakamura Jiroza II
Before 1735: he does his training in Kamigata in koshibai venues or in travelling Kabuki troupes, performing under the name of Otowa Jiroza I. There might be a master-disciple relationship with the actor Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, but so far there is no element to prove it.
1735: Jiroza works as a zamoto in Nagoya.
1738: he becomes a disciple of Nakamura Yazaemon.
11th lunar month of 1738: he becomes katakiyaku and takes the name of Nakamura Jiroza I at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Sanpukutsui Kogane no Ichigura", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1741: Jiroza plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomes in ďsaka the Edo actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III. It includes the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and is produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1742: premiere at the ďnishi no Shibai of the play "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Jiroza plays the role of Hayagumo no ďji [casting]. Jiroza's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).
12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance; Jiroza plays the role of Mikawaya Giheiji at the Naka no Shibai [casting].
Spring 1748: Jiroza goes on tour with Kataoka Nizaemon IV in Iga and Ise. He dies the same year.
Nakamura Jiroza I was a katakiyaku actor, who spent all his career in Kamigata during the first half of the 18th century. He spent less than 10 years in ˘shibai but became quickly popular because of his manly bearing and his ranking was a little bit below j˘-j˘-kichi when he died.
Nakamura Jiroza I at the ďnishi no Shibai in the 7th lunar month of 1742
The Nakamura Jiroza line of actors
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