The Era of the Heavenly Empress
Orefesu and Uridesu
Patron: Kakita Tiru
Playwright: Doji Akemi
Location: Kyuden Bayushi, Winter Court
Moshi Higashi as Orifesu
Kakita Mizunokao as Uridesu
At the dawn of the Empire, Uridesu, love of Orifesu, is killed by a serpents bite. Uridesu, a talented singer, journeys to the underword, and convinces Emma-O, fortune of death, to release his beloved with a song. Emma-O agrees, as long as Orifesu will leave the underworld without looking back. At the gates to Ningen-do, Orifesu looks over his shoulder and Uridesu blows away as dust.
The play was considered a masterpiece, and a highlight of Doji Akemi’s sucessful career.