|MORITA KAN'YA VI|
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Existence: 1724 ~ 19th day of the 5th lunar month of 1780
Father: Nakamura Jűsuke I
Father-in-law: Morita Kan'ya V
Son: Morita Kan'ya VII
Disciple: Sawamura Kodenji III
1724: born in Edo. He is the son of the playwright Nakamura Jűsuke I.
11th lunar month of 1732: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Ichimuraza, where he receives the name of Takenaka Shigenoi.
Fall 1740: he becomes disciple of the star Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1751: his father-in-law Morita Kan'ya V retires, taking the name of Band˘ Matazaemon; Sawamura Kodenji II takes the name of Morita Kan'ya VI, becoming the new zamoto of the Moritaza. He produces his first kaomise program entitled "Aizuchi Jűnidan".
2nd lunar month of 1763: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which is staged at the Moritaza; Kan'ya plays the role of Kenj˘'s wife Hamayű [casting|illustrations].
11th lunar month of 1774: Morita Kan'ya VI retires, taking the name of Morita Yasosuke. He entrusts the management of the Moritaza to his son Morita Tarobŕ II, who takes the name of Morita Kan'ya VII.
Morita Kan'ya VI's career was divided in two parts: he was a talented actor from the 11th lunar month of 1732 to the 10th lunar month of 1751, who played wakashugata, wakaonnagata or tachiyaku roles. Then, he managed the Moritaza from the 11th lunar month of 1751 to the 10th lunar month of 1774, still acting for some occasions. It is worth noting that, during his 23-seasons career, his theater did not shut down, did not transfer its license to the Kawarasakiza and was destroyed by fire only once.
Morita Kan'ya VI in a print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ in 1770
The Sawamura Kodenji line of actors
The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers
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