|BANDÔ YASOSUKE I|
Guilds: Kinojiya, Yamatoya
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1759 ~ 22nd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1814
Father: Bandô Matazaemon (Morita Kan'ya V)
Brother-in-law: Morita Kan'ya VI
Son: Morita Kan'ya IX
11th lunar month of 1765: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Moritaza, where he receives the name of Morita Matajirô.
5th lunar month of 1780: Morita Kan'ya VI dies.
4th lunar month of 1780: first Kabuki adaptation of Utei Emba, Kijô Tarô and Yô Yôdai puppet theater drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi". The play is staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Matakurô plays the role of Kanae Tanigorô [casting].
2nd lunar month of 1798: Kan'ya reopens his theater, with a program called "Ichikawa Danzô Machiuke Banashi" and starring Ichikawa Danzô IV.
11th lunar month of 1801: Morita Kan'ya VIII and his son Morita Matakichi respectively take the names of Bandô Yasosuke I and Morita Kan'ya IX at the Kawarazakiza, playing in the drama "Ume ni Suisen Iro no Udezuku".
1802: his father Bandô Matazaemon dies.
1804 ~ 1806: tour in Kamigata.
5th lunar month of 1808: the Moritaza reopens.
6th lunar month of 1808: Yasosuke appears on stage for the last time, at the Moritaza, playing in the drama "Tokieshi Hana Sakae Morita". He definitively retires from stage, taking the name of Bandô Kikô.
22nd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1814: Kikô dies in Edo.
Bandô Yasosuke I was both a tachiyaku actor and the zamoto of the Moritaza from 1783 to 1789 and from 1797 to 1800. His theater went bankrupt twice and was closed for many years, allowing him to focus on acting. His forte were aragoto and budôgoto roles.
Bandô Yasosuke I in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I
The Bandô Matakurô line of actors and theater managers
The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers
The Bandô Yasosuke line of actors
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