NAKAMURAZA SOGAMONO 1778
   
Play title Kaid˘ Iro Yawaragi Soga  In Japanese
Theater Nakamuraza
Producers Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX, Nakamura Denkur˘ III
Playwrights Sakurada Jisuke I (tatesakusha), Kasanui Sensuke I, Sakurada Hy˘z˘, Horikoshi Saiji, Hama Onoz˘, Sone Sh˘kichi I, Kaoku Atsusuke

The new year sogamono drama "Kaid˘ Iro Yawaragi Soga" was produced in the 2nd lunar month of 1778 [1] at the Nakamuraza by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX [2] and Nakamura Denkur˘ III with the following casting:

Code Actors Roles
1 Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada
2 Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari
3 Nakajima Mihoemon II Kobayashi no Asahina
4 Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV Kagekiyo, disguised as Kannon Shichiby˘e
5 Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III Kagekiyo's lover Akoya
6 Iwai Hanshir˘ IV Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru
7 ďtani Hiroemon III Hiki no Hangan

Others actors in identified roles were:

Actors Roles
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV Takemura Sadanoshin, in reality Oni˘ Shinzaemon (Jűr˘'s retainer)
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I Ky˘ no Jir˘
Ichikawa Monnosuke II Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Honda no Jir˘, Ageba Sh˘kichi
Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III Shigetada's okugata
ďtani Tomoemon I Yume no Ichibŕ
Iwai Hanshir˘ IV Oni˘ Shinzaemon's sister
ďtani Hiroemon III Kurokumo Buhŕ

The opening day was the 5th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 7th year of the An'ei era (1778), which was the 3rd of March 1778 in the western calendar.

[1] "I worked on this kaomise page in January 2018, almost 240 years afterwards!" (Sh˘riya Aragor˘)

[2] Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII, the adoptive father of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX, died the 15th day of the 11th lunar month of 1777. Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX took this name in the 1st lunar month of 1778. This sogamono was therefore his first official production as the head of the Nakamuraza.

 
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