LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - SOMEKAWA
   
Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon
Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a musician, playing tsutsumi in Kabuki theaters. He became disciple of the actor Somekawa Ubŕ, who gave him the name of Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon. They performed together in tabi shibai for a while. Rokur˘zaemon was back in Ky˘to in Fall 1721 and he performed as a tachiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1721 at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Banshiki Kogane no Miyako", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. He went to ďsaka in Fall 1723 and played in the 11th lunar month of 1725 at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Kokonoe Santazaemon in the kaomise drama "Gokoku J˘ju Naniwa no Yakata". He went to Ky˘to in the 2nd lunar month of 1728, became jitsuaku and performed in the drama "Man'y˘ no Hana Nishiki no Akebono", which was produced by Kanazawa Hikogor˘ in Ky˘to. He performed in the 1st lunar month of 1729 in Ky˘to as a tachiyaku in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Obasuteyama". His rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Somekawa Ubŕ
Somekawa Ubŕ  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Somekawa Jűrobŕ, he started his career at the beginning of the 1700s, performing as a wakaonnagata in ďsaka. He played in ďsaka in the 1st lunar month of 1702 a tsubone role in the new year drama "Keisei Meoto Ike". He became kashagata in 1709. Ubŕ played in the 11th lunar month of 1731 at the Kado no Shibai the role of the Takasago k˘shitsu in the kaomise drama "Aioi Kikenj˘". His rank in the 1732 ďsaka hy˘banki, kashagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. No record afterwards. He was the master of Somekawa Rokur˘zaemon.

Somekawa Ubŕ playing the role of the Fujiwara k˘shitsu in the drama "Hako Denju Ise Monogatari", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1711 in ďsaka

 
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