SEGAWA KIKUNOJď VI

Stage names:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI
Segawa Kikujir˘ II
Segawa Sengyo

Real name: Segawa Toyotar˘

Guild: Hamamuraya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Crest: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)

Existence: 25 March 1907 ~ 3 November 1976

Connection:

Adoptive father: Iwai Kumesabur˘ V

Disciple: Segawa Shinz˘

Career:

October 1921: he is adopted by the actor Iwai Kumesabur˘ V, who would like to help reviving the Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors (closely related to the Iwai clan). He receives the name of Segawa Sengyo.

February 1931: Sengyo plays at the Kotobukiza the role of Otaka's lover Yashichi (in reality Senzaki Yagor˘) in the drama "Uekiya"; the role of the koshimoto Otaka, later the mekake Oran-no-Kata, is played by his adoptive father Iwai Kumesabur˘ V.

Spring 1931 (?): Segawa Sengyo takes the name of Segawa Kikujir˘ II (a stage name which has not been held since the 11th lunar month of 1756!).

May 1931: founding of the Zenshinza troupe, a left-wing and progressive theater troupe led by Nakamura Kan'emon III, Kawarazaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV and Ichikawa Emiya I. Kikujir˘ is a member of this troupe.

November 1933: Segawa Kikujir˘ II takes the prestigious name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI (a stage name which has not been held since the 1st lunar month of 1832!).

January 1967: ideological breaking off between Kawarazaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV and Nakamura Kan'emon III, the two mainstays of the Zenshinza; the former actor is suddenly expelled from the Zenshinza and the latter actor asks Kikunoj˘ to replace him on the spot in the difficult role of the wicked priest Narukami in the eponymous drama, which is staged in ďsaka at the Mainichi Hall (8~15 January), in Nagoya at the Misonoza (23~31 January) and in Ky˘to at the Minamiza (2~8 February).

October 1971: Kikunoj˘ plays at the Minamiza the role of Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

November 1976: Kikunoj˘ appears on stage for the last time, playing the role of Kotetsu in the drama "Shinmon Tatsugor˘", which is staged at the Nakaza. He suddenly collapses and dies.

Comments:

Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI was a talented and versatile supporting tachiyaku actor belonging to the first generations of actors who built the famous and dynamic Zenshinza troupe. His best roles were the fishmonger Masagor˘ ("Shibahama no Kawazaifu"), the villain Senoo Tar˘ Kaneyasu ("Heike Nyogo no Shima"), Yaichiemon ("Abe Ichizoku"), Hata no Minbu ("Kenuki") and Tatsusabur˘ ("Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri").

Segawa Kikunoj˘ VI playing the role of Kotetsu in the drama "Shinmon Tatsugor˘"

The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors

 
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