|MORITA KAN'YA XIII|
Line number: J█SANDAIME (XIII)
Existence: 18 October 1885 ~ 16 June 1932
Father: Morita Kan'ya XII
Brother: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII
Sister: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ III
Son: Band˘ K˘tar˘
Adopted son: Morita Kan'ya XIV
Disciples: Band˘ San'emon, Band˘ Tsumanosuke, Band˘ Shinasaku
December 1890: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Shintomiza, where he receives the name of Band˘ Mitahachi III and plays in the drama "Higuchi no Kanemitsu Sakaro no Aranami".
21 August 1897: his father Morita Kan'ya XII dies.
1909: the management of the Shintomiza is taken over by Sh˘chiku.
1915: Kan'ya creates and leads the Bungeiza, a theater study group, which focuses on new productions (Shinkabuki, modern theater) and also the adaptations of Western plays. The two others main actors are Ichikawa Ennosuke II and Nakamura T˘z˘ V.
28 ~ 30 June 1915: first program of the Bungeiza at the Imperial Theater. Then, the group stays inactive up to 1918.
1 September 1923 (11:58 AM): T˘ky˘ is destroyed by a powerful earthquake called Kant˘ Daijishin, which kills more than 200,000 people and destroys the Shintomiza.
February 1925: tenth and final program of the Bungeiza.
Morita Kan'ya XIII was the first in this line to be an actor and not a zamoto. He was a talented tachiyaku excelling as a wagotoshi. He was endowed with a great voice and an amazing memory. He was open to new forms of theaters and spent a lot of time and energy in the creations of new dramas.
The Band˘ Mitahachi line of actors
The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers
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