OKAMOTO KIDď

Playwright names:

Okamoto Kid˘ In Japanese

Real Name: Okamoto Keiji

Existence: 15th day of the 10th lunar month of 1872 ~ 1 March 1939

Career:

15th day of the 10th lunar month of 1872: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Shiba Takanawa. His father, Okamoto Keinosuke, was a samurai serving the Tokugawa Household (afterwards, he worked at the British Embassy in T˘ky˘).

January 1902: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kid˘'s first staged drama, which is entitled "Kogane no Shachihoko Uwasa no Takanami" and stars Nakamura Shikan V, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII and Ichimura Kakitsu VI.

September 1908: premiere at the Meijiza of the Kid˘'s drama "Ishin Zengo", which stars Ichikawa Sadanji II; this is Kid˘ first commercial success.

May 1911: premiere at the Meijiza of the Kid˘'s drama "Shuzenji Monogatari" [casting].

October 1911: premiere at the Meijiza of the Kid˘'s drama "Minowa no Shinjű" [casting].

April 1912: premiere at the Naniwaza of Kid˘'s "Heikegani", which stars Onoe Baik˘ VI and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

October 1914: premiere at the Shintomiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Sasaki Takatsuna"; the role of Sasaki Takatsuna is played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.

October 1914: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Soga Monogatari" [casting].

September 1915: premiere at the Hong˘za of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Toribeyama Shinjű" [casting].

February 1916: premiere at the Hong˘za of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Banch˘ Sarayashiki" [casting].

September 1918: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Onoe Idahachi" [casting].

November 1920: premiere at the Meijiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ" [casting].

October 1921: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "ďsakaj˘"; the leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) is played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

July 1926: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamoto Kid˘'s drama "Gonza to Sukejű" [casting].

1 March 1939: Okamoto Kid˘ dies in T˘ky˘.

October 1995: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Ningen Banji Mawari T˘r˘", based on a comical torimonoch˘ written by Okamoto Kid˘, starring Nakamura Kankur˘ V in the main role.

Comments:

Okamoto Kid˘ was a prolific playwright and novelist, who achieved fame for himself during the first half of the 20th century.

"During the middle part of Meiji, Okamoto Kid˘ began to write for the T˘ky˘ stage, and is regarded as the representative modern playwright, both for the number and variety of his successes. He is a most indefatigable worker, and several of his new pieces are produced yearly. One of his favourite themes is the persecution of the early Christian converts in Japan,--and he has written a number of plays concerning these martyrs. An Okamoto play that is often repeated, and is certainly one of his best, is "Shuzenji Monogatari", showing the high regard in which the artisans of Old Japan held their work. It expresses Kabuki's love of the Spartan spirit, when the daughter of the mask-maker returns home in a dying condition, after attempting to protect the Sh˘gun from attack, and her face inspires her father to execute a masterpiece."
(ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Okamoto Kid˘

 
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