|ICHIKAWA SďZABURď II|
Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Wai (?)
Existence: ??? ~ 1776
Master: Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I
Son: Ichikawa Kichitar˘
Before 1751: he starts his career as a disciple of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Sh˘gor˘.
11th day of the 5th lunar month of 1752: his master Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I dies.
11th lunar month of 1753: Ichikawa Sh˘gor˘ takes the name of Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II at the Moritaza, playing the katakiyaku role of Kaid˘ no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky˘ no Nishiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Suketakaya Takasuke I; his others stage partners are Morita Kan'ya VI, Matsushima Moheiji, Sawamura Kijűr˘ I, Tsuruya Nanboku II, Ogino Yaegiri II and Sawamura Utagiku.
Fall 1754: S˘zabur˘ goes to ďsaka.
10th lunar month of 1754: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Kita-Shinchi no Shibai (Ësaka) the role of Yokanpei in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".
Fall 1760: S˘zabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1760: S˘zabur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Yamana Gundayű and T˘bŕ in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.
Fall 1772: S˘zabur˘ goes to ďsaka.
4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; S˘zabur˘ plays the roles of Dainagon Muneoka, Takayasu Saemon and Agata Hirosane [more details].
10th lunar month of 1776: S˘zabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Naka no Shibai, where he plays the role of Jirokur˘ in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi". He falls ill and dies before the end of the year.
Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II was a born and trained in Edo, but he spent his last 22 years in Kamigata, where he gained some fame as a katakiyaku. He had quite an ugly face, which was a plus for villain roles.
The Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ line of actors
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