MORITA KAN'YA XIII

Stage names:

Morita Kan'ya XIII In Japanese
Band˘ Mitahachi III In Japanese

Guild: Kinojiya

Line number: J█SANDAIME (XIII)

Existence: 18 October 1885 ~ 16 June 1932

Connections:

Father: Morita Kan'ya XII

Brother: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII

Sister: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ III

Son: Band˘ K˘tar˘

Adopted son: Morita Kan'ya XIV

Grandsons: Band˘ Kichiya II, Band˘ Yajűr˘

Disciples: Band˘ San'emon, Band˘ Tsumanosuke, Band˘ Shinasaku

Career:

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.

November 1906: Band˘ Mitahachi III becomes nadai and takes the name of Morita Kan'ya XIII at the Shintomiza, playing in the dance "Renjishi".

1909: the management of the Shintomiza is taken over by Sh˘chiku.

October 1914: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Soga Monogatari"; Kan'ya plays the role of Soga Jűr˘ [casting].

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.

July 1922: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Tanizaki Jun'ichir˘'s drama "Okuni to Gohei"; Kan'ya plays the role of Tomonoj˘ [casting].

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.

July 1931: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the play "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri", written by Hasegawa Shin; Kan'ya plays the role of Tatsusabur˘ [casting].

January 1932: Kan'ya appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, playing in the dramas "Na mo Tachibana Homare no Ishikiri" and "Kozaru Shichinosuke".

Comments:

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.

Morita Kan'ya XIII playing the role of Kajiwara Genta Kagesue
in the drama "Genta Kand˘"
(print made by Natori Shunsen in 1925)
Print courtesy of Aoi Gallery (all rights reserved)

The Band˘ Mitahachi line of actors

The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers

 
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