|MORITA KAN'YA IV|
Morita Kan'ya IV
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Existence: ??? ~ 17th day of the 9th lunar month of 1743
Great-grandfather: Band˘ Matakur˘ I
Grandfathers: Band˘ Matazaemon I, Fujikawa Buzaemon I
Father: Morita Kan'ya II
Brother: Fujikawa Heikur˘
Brother-in-law: Band˘ Kunigor˘ I
Adopted son: Morita Kan'ya V
Disciple: Band˘ Matasabur˘ I (?)
1st lunar month of 1706: he makes his first stage appearance, at the Moritaza, where he receives the name of Band˘ Nabetar˘ and plays the koyaku role of Senzaimaru in the new year drama "Terutehime Eitaigura".
Spring 1712: Morita Kan'ya III, Band˘ Matajir˘ IV and Band˘ Matakur˘ II respectively take the names of Band˘ Matakur˘ III, Morita Kan'ya IV and Band˘ Matazaemon II. The new Kan'ya becomes both a tachiyaku actor and the zamoto of the Moritaza. He plays the role of Mongaku J˘nin in the drama "Hama Yumi Soga".
7th day of the 1st lunar month of 1717: a fire breaks out in the district of Owari-ch˘ and destroys the Moritaza.
11th lunar month of 1717: Kan'ya produces at the Moritaza the kaomise drama "H˘n˘ Taiheiki", which stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Hayakawa Dengor˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Asao Jűjir˘ I, Imamura Motojűr˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke I and Fujioka Daikichi.
1st lunar month of 1734: the Moritaza goes bankrupt. The hikae yagura system is authorized by the Shogunate. Kan'ya gives his right for Kabuki performances to Kawarasaki Gonnosuke III, zamoto of the Kawarasakiza.
17th day of the 9th lunar month of 1743: Kan'ya dies in Edo.
Morita Kan'ya IV was a talented and handsome tachiyaku actor, performing a broad range of roles and styles like nuregoto, wagoto or aragoto. He excelled as well as a dancer and a musician. He was also the zamoto of the Moritaza for 22 years. Crippled by the theater debt, he could not avoid to go bankrupt in 1734. He did not appear anymore on stage up to his death in 1743.
The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers
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