LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - SAKATA
   
Sakata Heishichir˘
Sakata Heishichir˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Second son of Sakata T˘jűr˘ I, he started his career in Ky˘to in the 3rd lunar month of 1705, where he produced as a zamoto the new year drama "Keisei Inaba no Matsu" at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in which he performed as a wakashugata. He coproduced, along with Asao Jűjir˘, in Ky˘to the new year drama "Keisei Nezamegaseki", which was staged with the actors Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, Yamamura Kazaemon, Ichimura Tamagashiwa I and Sawai Sonoemon. He became wakaonnagata in the 1st lunar month of 1704 in Ky˘to and played the role of Princess Hatsuhana in the new year drama "Keisei Ishiyamadera", which was produced by Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 1st lunar month of 1712, in Ky˘to, where he played the role of the keisei Izumikawa in the new year drama "Keisei Nehan no Toko". No record afterwards.

Sakata T˘kur˘
Sakata T˘kur˘  In Japanese
 

Born in 1668. Elder son of Sakata T˘jűr˘ I, he started his career in ďsaka in the 11th lunar month of 1686, performing as a wakashugata in the troupe led by the zamoto Araki Yojibŕ I. He went to Ky˘to in fall 1693 and performed in the 11th lunar month in the drama "Hako Denju", which was produced by Murayama Heiemon III. He went back to ďsaka in the 1st lunar month of 1696 to perform in Tominaga Heibei's drama "Kumano Sankaich˘", which was produced by Arashi San'emon II. He went to Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1699 to perform as a tachiyaku in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hotoke no Hara", which was produced by his father Sakata T˘jűr˘ I. No record afterwards.

Sakata T˘kur˘ as depicted in an illustration from the book "Amayo no Sanbai Kigen" (1693)

 
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