ICHIKAWA SHUN'EN II

Real name: Kond˘ Gen

Guild: Omodakaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Birthday: 29 November 1970

Connections:

Master: Ichikawa En'˘ II (Ichikawa Ennosuke III)

Career:

March 1988: he graduates from the Actors Training Center of the National Theatre (ninth year).

May 1988: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, playing a minor role in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

July 1988: he becomes disciple of the actor Ichikawa Ennosuke III and receives the name of Ichikawa Shun'en II.

March 1994: Shun'en becomes heyago de the star Ichikawa Ennosuke III.

January 1995: Shun'en takes part in the 14th Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sh˘chiku Company [more details].

December 2000: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Kaka Saiyűki", Ichikawa Ennosuke III's version of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki" (Kaka is the haimy˘ of Ichikawa Ennosuke III); Shun'en plays the role of the queen's sister Fuy˘, in reality the spirit of a giant spider [casting].

October 2003: revival at the National Theatre with the Omodakaya guild of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Shun'en plays the role of Yukihira's wife Minase Gozen [casting].

January 2008: revival at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which celebrates the 1070th anniversary of the Naritasan temple, where the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ is worshipped; Shun'en plays the role of the page Hata no Hidetar˘ [casting].

Comments:

Ichikawa Shun'en II is a young and promising onnagata of the Omodakaya guild.

 
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