ONOE MATSUSUKE VI

Stage names:

Onoe Matsusuke VI In Japanese
Onoe Sh˘kaku II In Japanese
Onoe Rokuya In Japanese

Real name: Inoue Shin'ichi

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Existence: 13 July 1946 ~ 26 December 2005

Connections:

Master: Onoe Sh˘roku II

Brother: ďtani Keiz˘

Son: Onoe Matsuya II

Career:

June 1954: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, receiving the name of Onoe Rokuya and playing in the dramas "Genji Monogatari" and "Nanbanji Monzen".

May 1971: Onoe Rokuya takes the name of Onoe Sh˘kaku II at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Yodarekuri Yotar˘ and the guard T˘nai in the dramas "Terakoya" and "Tsuchi Gumo", which are staged to commemorate the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

March 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Sh˘kaku plays the role of Tanroku [casting].

January 1984: historic revival at the National Theatre of the play "Sankai Nagoya"; Sh˘kaku plays the role du page Sakuramaru [casting].

January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Sh˘kaku plays the role of Yokose Shichir˘, later the kagokaki Rokuz˘ [casting].

Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Sh˘kaku plays the roles of T˘nai and Usui Sadamitsu in "Tachi Nusubito" and "Tsuchi Gumo", which celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].

May 1990: Onoe Sh˘kaku II takes the name of Onoe Matsusuke VI at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Ashida Gunsuke, Goroz˘ and Arajishi Otokonosuke in the dramas "Yoshinobu Inochi Goi", "Gosho no Goroz˘" and "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

March 2001: Matsusuke plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Genroku in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

January 2002: the National Theatre produces the revival of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharu Nagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since 11th lunar month of 1864. Matsusuke plays the roles of Otsume (owner of the Miuraya bordello), Miyuki and the yakko Hayasuke [casting].

November 2005: Matsusuke appears on stage for the last time, at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, playing the role of Senso D˘jin in the drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari".

26 December 2005: Matsusuke dies in T˘ky˘ at the National Cancer Center.

Comments:

Onoe Matsusuke VI was an outstanding supporting tachiyaku of the Otowaya guild.

Onoe Matsusuke VI's best roles: Tar˘kaja ("Migawari Zazen"), the man of the world ("Sukeroku"), Tanbaya Hachiemon ("Fűin Giri") and Sankichi ("Sakanaya S˘gor˘").

Pictures: Onoe Matsusuke VI in his dressing room

The mon of Onoe Matsusuke VI

The Onoe Sh˘kaku line of actors

The Onoe Matsusuke line of actors

 
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