|NAGAWA SHIMESUKE I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Senk˘
Existence: 1754 ~ 20th day of the 10th lunar month of 1814
Master: Nagawa Kamesuke I
12th lunar month of 1781: Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-Mura" is staged for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", written by Shimesuke, who becomes tatesakusha at the Naka no Shibai [casting], opening a competition between the two theaters for the best performance and the best line-up. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is a huge success and a long run. Unfortunately for Shimesuke, the performance at the Naka no Shibai is a commercial failure.
11th lunar month of 1800: Shimesuke becomes tatesakusha at the Ichimuraza, where he writes the kaomise drama "Oishigeru Nami no Une Une", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Arashi Kanjűr˘ I.
Fall 1802: Shimesuke goes back to ďsaka, along with the Edo star Segawa Rok˘ III.
Fall 1803: Shimesuke goes to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1804: Shimesuke cowrites, along with the tatesakusha Sakurada Jisuke I and the sakusha Fukumori Kyűsuke I and Matsushima Hanji I, at the Nakamuraza the kaomise drama "Kiku Zum˘ Mikurai Sadame", which celebrates the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV and Nakayama Bunshichi III, and welcomes in Edo the actors Segawa Rok˘ III and his adopted son Segawa Kamesabur˘.
11th lunar month of 1805: Shimesuke becomes tatesakusha at the Nakamuraza, where he writes, along with the sakusha Matsushima Hanji I and Katsu Hy˘z˘ I, the kaomise drama "Seiwa Genji Nidai no Yumitori", which welcomes in Edo the actor ďtani Tomoemon II.
13th day of the 11th lunar month of 1806: a fire breaks out from the shop of the hair-dresser Tomokur˘ in the district of Nihombashi Fukiya-ch˘. It spreads and burns both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza, killing many spectators. It also reduces the house of Shimesuke in the district of Sumiyoshi-ch˘ to ashes.
Winter 1807: Shimesuke goes back to Kamigata.
2nd lunar month of 1807: Shimesuke becomes tatesakusha in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, where he rewrites Chikamatsu Tokuz˘'s new year drama "Iroha Uta Homare no Meiboku", which is performed by Onoe Koisabur˘ I, Nakamura Utaemon III, Nakayama Bunshichi III, Arashi Sangor˘ III, Asao Kuzaemon I, Nakamura Daikichi I and Mimasu Tokujir˘ I.
4th lunar month of 1807: "Chikagoro Kawara no Tatehiki" is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Horie no Shibai (casting unknown); the script is written by Shimesuke, Tsutsui Hanji and Nagawa S˘suke.
20th day of the 10th lunar month of 1814: Shimesuke dies in ďsaka.
"There was a stage writer called Nagawa Shimesuke, son of the keeper of a theatre
tea-house, who did not create, but patched and altered at the bidding of the actors,
so that he was nicknamed Sentakumono Shimesuke, or Laundry-Man Shimesuke,
which gives a good idea of the playwriters' low estate at this time."
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