ASAHIZA - KADOMARU NO SHIBAI
   
Names Asahiza
D˘tonbori Bunrakuza
Asahiza
Kadomaru no Shibai
City ďsaka
History

5th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1827: a fire breaks out in the Kadomaru no Shibai in ďsaka and destroys also the Naka no Shibai and the ďnishi no Shibai.

1877: the theater is renamed Asahiza.

1909: the Asahiza becomes a theater of the Sh˘chiku Company.

November 1909: revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku", in ďsaka at the Asahiza, which is based on a new script written by Watanabe Katei and produced with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Kawachiya Yohŕ Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I
Okichi Nakamura Naritar˘ I
Osawa Arashi Rikaku IV
Tokubŕ Onoe Usabur˘ II
Okachi Kataoka Tar˘
Moriemon Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI
Shichizaemon Arashi Ritoku

Night from the 13th to the 14th of March 1945: 301 US Army B29 bombers launch a devastating air raid on the city of ďsaka; the Asahiza, the Nakaza, the Kadoza, the Naniwaza and the Bentenza are reduced to ashes.

1956: opening of the D˘tonbori Bunrakuza.

February 1956: first Kabuki performances at the new D˘tonbori Bunrakuza, which are staged with the following program and actors:

Programs Casting
MatinÚe:
(1) Ch˘anj˘ no Tsuki
(2) Koma
(3) Sagi Musume
(4) Horikawa
(5) Dango Uri
Evening:
(1) Abura no Jigoku
(2) Omohide Soga
(3) Shinjű Mannens˘
Arashi Hinasuke X
Arashi Minshi VI
Arashi Rikaku V
Arashi Wakakitsu III
Asao Okuyama VIII
Ichikawa Dannosuke VI
Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ III
Iwai Hanshir˘ X
Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II
Kataoka Matsunoj˘ I
Kataoka Yoshihito
Nakamura Kasen II
Nakamura Masanosuke III
Nakamura Sh˘jaku I

July 1963: last Kabuki performances at the D˘tonbori Bunrakuza, which are staged with the following program and actors:

Programs Casting
MatinÚe:
(1) Kitasaga Anshitsu
(2) Ko-no-Mi/Kokingo Uchijini
(3) Sushiya
(4) Ushiromen Hakuz˘su
(5) Tsuki no Tamagawa
Evening:
(1) Shunkan
(2) Meisaku Kiriko no Akebono
Arashi Hinaji
Arashi Hinasuke X
Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII
Arashi Minshi VI
Arashi Rikaku V
Hayashi Mataichir˘ II
Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ V
Ichikawa Sh˘haku
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII
Jitsukawa Entar˘ IV
Kamimura Kichiya V
Kataoka Hidekimi
Kataoka Hideroku
Kataoka Hidetar˘ II
Kataoka Matsunoj˘ I
Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Kataoka Takao
Nakamura Gan'emon
Nakamura Gannoj˘
Nakamura Kasen II
Nakamura Komajaku
Nakamura Naritar˘ II
Nakamura Tar˘ II
Onoe Kikujir˘ IV
ďtani Hitoe
ďtani Sanzabur˘
ďtani Senoo

August 1963: the Bunrakuza is renamed Asahiza. First Kabuki performances at the new Asahiza, which are staged with the following program and actors:

Programs Casting
(1) Keya-mura
(2) Roji no Ame
(3) Kane ga Naru Kesa no Uwasa
Arashi Wakakitsu III
Band˘ Mitsujűr˘ III
Band˘ Shinsha III
Kataoka Hideroku
Kataoka Matsunoj˘ I
Nakamura Gannoj˘
Nakamura Tar˘ II
Onoe Sasajir˘
ďtani Hitoe
ďtani Sanzabur˘
ďtani Senoo

March 1967: Band˘ Shinsha III takes the name of Band˘ Takesabur˘ V at the Asahiza.

The Asahiza in 1930

 
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