NAKAMURA SJR

Stage names:

Nakamura Sjr
Nakamura Shirosabur

Nickname: Daikichi Sjr

Poetry name: Daikichi

Existence: ???

Career:

1710s: he learns the art of acting with a travelling troupe performing in Ise and in the province of Owari; his name is Nakamura Shirosabur.

Fall 1720: Shirosabur settles in saka.

11th lunar month of 1720: he becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Nakamura Sjr, playing the role of Tomoenoj in the kaomise drama "Daimy Nishiki no Kusazuri", which is produced in saka by the zamoto Takeshima Kzaemon II.

Fall 1721: Sjr goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1721: he takes back the name of Nakamura Shirosabur and plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Ashiya no Saemon in the kaomise drama "Kichirei Imagawaj"; he had to change his name because the actor Sawamura Sjr I was also casted.

Winter 1723: Sjr goes to Kyto.

1st lunar month of 1723: Sjr appears on stage for the first time in the Imperial Capital, playing at Daikokuya Takenoj's theater the roles of Sakurada Ksuke and Ude no Manb in the new year drama "Keisei Hitomaruzuka" which is produced by Otowa Jirosabur I.

Fall 1724: Sjr goes to saka.

11th lunar month of 1724: Sjr becomes katakiyaku and plays at the nishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Senbon Matsu Hi-no-De no Maizuru".

11th lunar month of 1725: Sjr moves to the Kado no Shibai, becomes jitsuaku and plays in the kaomise drama "Wag no Futabashira".

11th lunar month of 1728: Sjr becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Aioi Chja Sangai-gura", which is produced by Arashi Sanjr II.

1st lunar month of 1729: Sjr's rank in the saka hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j (superior - superior).

Fall 1731: Sjr goes to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1731: Sjr plays at Hayagumo Chday's theater the role of Manz in Sawamura Bunji's kaomise drama "Asahi no Ichikura Eig Seki".

1st lunar month of 1732: Sjr's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

Fall 1732: Sjr goes to saka.

11th lunar month of 1732: Sjr plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the yakko Dekisuke in the kaomise drama "Shikishima Wak no Tsuzumi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir III.

12th lunar month of 1739: Sjr plays at the nishi no Shibai the role of Shgen in the drama "Kewai Musha mi Genji"; his stage partners are Yoshizawa Ayame II (Okichi), Segawa Kikunoj I (the courtesan Tyama), Sakakiyama Shirotar I (Nagoya Sanza), Arashi Shichigor I (Fuwa Banzaemon) and Anegawa Shinshir I (Matahei).

11th lunar month of 1740: Sjr plays at the nishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Yaguruma Yakata no Fuji", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijr I; his stage partners are Yamamoto Kyshir I, Nakamura Shingor I, Nakayama Shinkur I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Segawa Kikunoj I, Onoe Kikugor I and Arashi Shichigor I.

11th lunar month of 1741: Sjr becomes jitsuaku and achieves a great success at the Naka no Shibai by playing the role of Masuda Hachiheiji in the kaomise drama "Genji Rokujj", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir I.

1st lunar month of 1742: Sjr's rank in the saka hybanki, jitsuaku section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1742: Sjr plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Shinoda Daizen in the kaomise drama "Sangoku Denrai no Ishi", which is produced by Iwai Hanshir III.

1st lunar month of 1743: Sjr's rank in the saka hybanki, jitsuaku section, is one stroke below j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1743: Sjr takes part in a kaomise program for the last time, in saka at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Gotob in the drama "Tansh Teteuchi Guri" (this title was used for the first time in the 5th lunar month of 1729 at the Naka no Shibai). Sjr's name disappears from theater playbills and hybanki in 1744.

Comments:

Nakamura Sjr was a popular Kamigata actor, who could play tachiyaku and jitsuaku roles. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas.

Nakamura Sjr playing the role of Dekisuke in the kaomise drama "Shikishima Wak no Tsuzumi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1732 at the Naka no Shibai

 
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