ICHIMURA UZAEMON VIII

Stage names:

Ichimura Uzaemon VIII In Japanese | In Japanese
Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV In Japanese

Guild: Kikuya

Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)

Poetry name: Kak˘

Existence: 1698 ~ 7th day of the 5th lunar month of 1762 [1]

Connections:

Uncle: Ichimura Uzaemon V

Brothers: Ichimura Uzaemon VII, Ichimura Zensabur˘, Ichimura Wakadayű II

Sons: Ichimura Uzaemon IX, Ichimura Zenz˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III

Adopted son: Ichimura Taketar˘

Grandson: Ichimura Uzaemon X

Disciples: Band˘ Sanpachi I, Band˘ Matatar˘ III, Band˘ Matatar˘ IV, Band˘ Kissaku (Azuma T˘z˘ II), Band˘ Aiz˘

Career:

1698: born in Edo. His father Zenbŕ was the owner of the Kikuya shibai jaya at the Ichimuraza and his mother was the elder sister of the zamoto Ichimura Uzaemon V.

1703: he received the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV and became the official zamoto of the Ichimuraza but the business was really managed by the widow of Ichimura Uzaemon V.

1st lunar month of 1705: he made his first appearance on stage at the Ichimuraza, performing in the new year drama "Banzei Tamuramaru".

11th lunar month of 1707: Takenoj˘ pleased the Ichimuraza audience with his performance in the roles of Tsuneyo and Tsunewakamaru in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki ďkagami", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Otowa Jirosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1708: Takenoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Yashichi in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

Summer 1709: Takenoj˘ fell ill and went to a temple to pray the God Fud˘ My˘˘. According to some documents, Takenoj˘ quickly recovered and decided to thank Fud˘ My˘˘ by including a scene in which the image of the God was revealed on stage in the play "Aigo no Waka", which was staged at Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1709: Takenoj˘ produced and performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Genpuku Nue Yorimasa".

1st lunar month of 1710: Takenoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Ikioi Soga"; the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune was played by Hayakawa Dengor˘.

11th lunar month of 1710: Takenoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of ďt˘-no-Miya in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Takii Hanshir˘ and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Kirinami Takie.

18th day of the 12th lunar month of 1710: a fire broke out in the somptuous palace of the daimy˘ Sanada, located in the district of Koyanagi-ch˘. It spread and destroyed both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Takenoj˘ cofinanced with Matsumoto Koshir˘ I the erection of a commemorative stone dedicated to the Soga brothers in the precinct of the Komagome Fuji Shrine.

11th lunar month of 1711: Takenoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kusunoki Masatsura and Katagiri Yashichi in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

23rd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1712: a fire broke out in the district of Horie-Ch˘, spreading and destroying both the Nakamuraza and the Ichimuraza.

5th lunar month of 1717: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" was produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters. This was the first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. It was staged at the Ichimuraza under the original title "Kokusen'ya Gassen" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1717: Takenoj˘ produced at the Ichimuraza the kaomise drama "Kinkazan Yoroi Biraki".

11th lunar month of 1722: Takenoj˘ played the role of Kud˘ Saemon at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Hinazuru Katoku Soga".

11th lunar month of 1727: Takenoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Takeda Kiyonobu in the drama "Goshozome Momiji Gunki".

5th lunar month of 1730: Takenoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Sonezaki Shinjű"; his stage partner in the role of the courtesan Tenmaya Ohatsu was Sanogawa Mangiku.

1st lunar month of 1733: Takenoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Zenjib˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Hanabusa Funjin Soga". He plays also the role of Sukeroku in "Sukeroku", which was staged as nibanme in this program. His stage partners in the roles of the shirozake seller Shinbŕ and Agemaki were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1733: Takenoj˘ played the role of Nitta Yoshisada at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Sh˘hon Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1734: Takenoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Kobayashi no Asahina in the new year sogamono drama "Nanakusa Nigiwai Soga"; his stage partners in the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and the Kamigata star Arashi San'emon III.

3rd lunar month of 1734: Takenoj˘, ďtani Hiroji I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and Sakata Hangor˘ I performed in the same theater in the otokodate drama "Gonin Otoko" but the performance was not a success.

5th lunar month of 1734: Takenoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Minamoto no Yorimasa in the drama "Yatsumune Ayame Genji"; his stage partners in the roles of Inoshishi no Hayata and Taira no Kiyomori were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II and ďtani Hiroji I.

11th lunar month of 1734: Takenoj˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Michinoku Yunzei Genji". He achieved a great success in duo with Segawa Kikunoj˘ I in a wankyűmono.

1st lunar month of 1735: Takenoj˘ performed in the same theater in the new year sogamono drama "Furiwakegami Hatsugai Soga".

11th lunar month of 1735: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Naritaya guild; Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II gave his name to his adopted son and took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, performing in the kaomise drama "Kongen Nana Komachi". The actors Ichikawa Masugor˘ and Matsumoto Shichiz˘ I respectively took the names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II. Takenoj˘ played the role of Narihira in this drama.

1st lunar month of 1736: the trio made up of Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Takenoj˘ and Ichimura Manz˘ performed together at the Ichimuraza in "Sayo no Nakayama Asama-ga-Dake", the first Tokiwazu-based dance in Kabuki history.

4th lunar month of 1736: Takenoj˘ took part in the special program "Hobashira Taiheiki", which was staged at the Ichimuraza and commemorated the 32nd and 6th anniversaries of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I.

Summer 1736: Takenoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Oguri Hangan in the oguri-hanganmono drama "T˘kaid˘ Yukumi Guruma"; his stage partners were ďtani Hiroji I (the thief Mokuzu no Sanpei), Segawa Kikunoj˘ I (Sanpei's wife), Segawa Kikujir˘ I (the courtesan Onikage), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Got˘ Saemon) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III (Ike no Sh˘ji).

9th lunar month of 1736: Takenoj˘ played in the same theater the role of Meao no Fud˘ ('blue eyes Fud˘') in the drama "Yonin Fud˘" ("The Four Deities Fud˘"); his stage partners in the roles of Mejiro no Fud˘ ('white eyes Fud˘'), Meaka no Fud˘ ('red eyes Fud˘') and Meguro no Fud˘ ('black eyes Fud˘') were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III, ďtani Hiroji I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1736: Takenoj˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Eboshiya Daitar˘ at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Izu Genji H˘rai Yakata", which celebrated the arrival in Edo from Ky˘to of the actor Tomizawa Montar˘ I and the shűmei of Tsuruya Nanboku II.

11th lunar month of 1737: the son of the Sh˘gun received the name of Takechiyo and Takenoj˘ was forced to change his first name, taking the name of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Genji Kumo ďgi no Shiba"; the new Uzaemon played the role of Taira no Shigemori and his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Tamazawa Saijir˘ I and Tsuruya Nanboku II.

1st lunar month of 1738: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Ukematsuri Manbai Soga". This was a commercial failure.

11th lunar month of 1738: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III moved to the Ichimuraza to perform in the kaomise drama "Mitsugibune Taiheiki", in which Uzaemon played the role of Nitta Yoshisada.

1st lunar month of 1739: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year program "Hatsu Motoyui Kayoi Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1739: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Kusunoki Masanari in the kaomise drama "Tokiwagi Taiheiki".

2nd lunar month of 1740: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the play "Sugatami Sumidagawa", commonly called "Nanatsu Men" (Kabuki Jűhachiban), in which Uzaemon played the roles of Yoshida no Sh˘sh˘ and the priest Seigen (the role of Princess Sakura was played by Takinaka Utagawa). This performance was a triumphant success.

11th lunar month of 1740: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Imagawa Nakaaki in the kaomise drama "Kichirei Imagawaj˘", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Matsushima Moheiji.

1st lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari [print] in the new year sogamono drama "Wakamidori Kaneiri Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) were played by Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon, in duo with Segawa Kikujir˘ I, achieved a great success in the same theater in a "Musume D˘j˘ji" dance.

6th lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon played in the same theater in the drama "Katakiuchi Mitsugumi Sakazuki".

7th lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon played in the same theater in the drama "Yotsume Yui Katoku Sadame".

11th lunar month of 1741: Uzaemon performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Sugatae Onna Narihira".

1st lunar month of 1742: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Fuji Miru Sato Sakae Soga".

7th lunar month of 1742: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Katagiri Yashichi in the drama "Hitokanade Fűryű Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1742: Uzaemon performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Furisode Shinoda no Zuma", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Uzaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kanjiku section ("all kanjiku"), was ˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. Uzaemon played the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Haru no Akebono Kuruwa Soga"; the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) was played by Tamazawa Saijir˘ I. Uzaemon also played in the 2nd lunar month the role of the warrior Taira no Kagekiyo in the second part (nibanme) of this program; the role of Akoya (Kagekiyo's lover) was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1743: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Hata Rokur˘zaemon in the kaomise drama "Ishizue Taiheiki", which celebrated the return in Edo of Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1744: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon (Jűr˘'s retainer) and Bench˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Nanakusa Wakayagi Soga"; the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari was played by Ichimura Manz˘.

7th lunar month of 1744: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Kasane in the drama "Kaibyaku Imagawaj˘"; the role of Yoemon was played by Ichiyama Dengor˘.

11th lunar month of 1744: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Tadanobu in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Genji Jűnidan", which celebrated the return in Edo of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1745: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kobayashi no Asahina in the new year sogamono drama "Hatsu Goyomi Kotobuki Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichimura Manz˘ and Nakajima Mihoemon I.

2nd lunar month of 1745: the new son of the Sh˘gun received a name phonetically very close to Uzaemon's son name Manz˘, who was forced to change his first name, taking the name of Ichimura Kamez˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1745: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Ky˘ no Jir˘, Kobayashi no Asahina and Saiky˘ in the drama "Sato Gayoi Fujimi Saiky˘".

11th lunar month of 1745: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of the ghost of Kusunoki in the kaomise drama "Onna Kusunoki Yosooi Kagami", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata onnagata Yoshizawa Ayame II.

1st lunar month of 1746: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Kikeba Mukashi Soga Monogatari".

11th lunar month of 1746: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Soga no Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Aioi Izu Nikki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

4th lunar month of 1747: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of the Tedai Tajimaya Seijűr˘ in the second part (nibanme) of the new year sogamono drama "Tamakushige Yosooi Soga".

8th lunar month of 1747: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Seiroku, Got˘ Saemon and Oguri Hangan in the drama "Mangetsu Oguri Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1747: Uzaemon performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Shusse Momijigari"; his stage partners were Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Arashi Koroku I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, Ichimura Kamez˘ I and ďtani Oniji I.

1st lunar month of 1748: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Bishamon in the new year sogamono drama "Mon-zukushi Nagoya Soga".

11th lunar month of 1748: Uzaemon produced at the Ichimuraza the kaomise drama "H˘kas˘ Yunzei Hachinoki", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Hiroji II. Uzaemon changed the ideogram for 'U' in his first name, replacing the one meaning 'home' by the one meaning 'feather':

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1st lunar month of 1749: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Sasaki Genz˘ in the new year drama "Hatsutora Kurama Genji".

5th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was performed for the first time at the Ichimuraza; Uzaemon played the roles of Senzaki Yagor˘ and Yoichibŕ's wife.

11th lunar month of 1749: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Minamoto no Yoritomo in the kaomise drama "Yoritomo Gunbai Kagami", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the actor Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I. This performance was also the last one for the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1750: Uzaemon performed in the same theater in 2 shosagoto written by the musician Edo Handayű II and entitled "Meisho no Nurigasa" and "Uwanari Ayame no Katsura".

10th lunar month of 1750: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in the drama "Tera Momiji Tsuizen no Nishiki", which commemorated the 13th anniversary of his shűmei.

11th lunar month of 1750: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Taira no Munekiyo and Katagiri Yashichi in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Sanpachi I.

11th lunar month of 1751: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Yorimasa in the kaomise drama "Kamimukae Nigiwai Genji", which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Soga Brothers' mother Mank˘ and Morihisa in the new year sogamono drama "Suzuriha Sugatami Soga".

7th lunar month of 1752: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Nagoya Sanzabur˘ in the drama "Hitokanade Taihei Nagoya".

11th lunar month of 1752: Uzaemon performed at the Ichimuraza in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Ume Sakura Ninin Semimaru". [2]

1st lunar month of 1753: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga", which combined both the Soga Brothers and "Chűshingura" worlds.

7th lunar month of 1753: the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza [casting]; Uzaemon played the role of Enju.

11th lunar month of 1753: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Monogusa Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Kamuri Kurabe Yatsushi Kuronushi", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the actor Kasaya Matakur˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1754: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of the ghost of Taira no Atsumori, the Buddhist priest Rensh˘ and the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ in the drama "Waga Koromode Hachisu no Akebono".

11th lunar month of 1754: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of the Shint˘ priest (Kannushi) Tomonari in the kaomise drama "Keisei Asakusa no Kane".

1st lunar month of 1755: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of the ghost of Tamae Gozen and Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Kodakara Aigo Soga".

8th lunar month of 1755: Uzaemon performed in the same theater in the dramas "Kan Sh˘j˘ Momiji no Shitone" and "Semimaru Miyako no Ohana".

11th lunar month of 1755: Uzaemon produced and performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Kashiwagat˘ge Kichirei Sum˘".

11th lunar month of 1756: Uzaemon produced and performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Kon'˘ Zakura". He also produced the dance "Momo Chidori Musume D˘j˘ji" for the shűmei of Segawa Kikunoj˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1757: Uzaemon played in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year sogamono drama "Some Tazuna Hatsuuma Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1757: the Kamigata actor Nakamura Utaemon I arrived at the Ichimuraza.

11th lunar month of 1757: Uzaemon produced and performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Matsuhata Suma no Wakezato", which starred Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Nakamura Utaemon I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, Nakamura Sukegor˘ I and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1758: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Yoshimori and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year sogamono drama "Kujűsanki ďyose Soga".

11th lunar month of 1758: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Tokiyori in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Sajikigadake"; his son Ichimura Kamez˘ I played the leading role of the bombastic short play "Ya-no-Ne".

1st lunar month of 1759: Uzaemon played in the same theater the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year sogamono drama "Hatachiyama H˘rai Soga"; the role of Kagekiyo's wife Akoya was played by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1759: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza the role of Imagawa Ry˘shun in the kaomise drama "Okunizome Shusse Butai", which starred Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Band˘ Sanpachi I, Nakamura Utaemon I, Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ II, Ichimura Kamez˘ I and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III.

2nd lunar month of 1760: a fire broke out in the district of Kanda and spreads to Sűzaki in Fukagawa. It destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. It was called Akashiya no Kaji ('The Akashiya fire'), based on the name of the shop where it started. Uzaemon had to finance and supervise the rebuilding of his theater.

3rd lunar month of 1760: Uzaemon played in the rebuilded Ichimuraza the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon, Soga Brothers' mother Mank˘ and the ghost of Sh˘ki Daijin in the drama "Soga Mannen Bashira", which included the bombastic play "Kaneiri Gedatsu no Koromo" (commonly called "Gedatsu", a drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection).

11th lunar month of 1760: Uzaemon played at the Ichimuraza a ghost role in the kaomise drama "Ume Momiji Date no ďkido".

8th lunar month of 1761: Uzaemon appeared on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing a Buddhist priest role in the drama "Asama-ga-Dake".

17th day of the 9th lunar month of 1761: a fire broke out in the Gekiza theater and destroyed the Ichimuraza. Uzaemon had to supervise the rebuilding of his theater.

7th day of the 5th lunar month of 1762 [1]: Uzaemon died in Edo [3].

Comments:

Ichimura Uzaemon VIII started his career as wakashugata, moved to wakaonnagata roles then became a talented tachiyaku. His 2 fields of excellence were jitsugotoshi and katakiyaku roles. He spent 55 years acting on stage but it was worth noting that he was also for 60 years the successful zamoto of the Ichimuraza.

[1] The 7th day of the 5th lunar month of the 12th year of the H˘reki era was the 28th of June 1762 in the western calendar.

[2] Following Uzaemon's pieces of advice, Onoe Kikugor˘ I became tachiyaku in this kaomise program.

[3] His tombstone was located in the cemetery of the Daiunji Temple.

Ichimura Uzaemon VIII playing the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the drama "Wakamidori Kaneiri Soga", which was performed at the Ichimuraza in the 1st lunar month of 1741 (print made by Torii Kiyomasu II)

Print made by Nishimura Shigenaga

Print made by Okumura Toshinobu

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1725

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1741

The Ichimura Takenoj˘ line of actors

The Ichimura Uzaemon line of actors and theater managers

 
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