|NAKAMURA SUKEGORď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Gyoraku
Existence: 1711 ~ 13th day of the 7th lunar month of 1763
Father: Sengoku Hikosuke I
Master: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II
Son: Nakamura Sukegor˘ II
1736: Band˘ Sukegor˘ takes the name of Sengoku Sukegor˘.
Fall 1739: Sukegor˘ becomes disciple of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.
26th day of the 4th lunar month of 1740: his father Sengoku Hikosuke I dies.
3rd lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; Sukegor˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru [casting]. His stage partner in the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo is Segawa Kikujir˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1749: Sukegor˘ achieves a great success at the Ichimuraza by playing the roles of ďmi no Kot˘ta and Matano Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Yoritomo Gunbai Kagami", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the actor Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1752: Sukegor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the new year sogamono "Kuruwa Kuruwa Akinai Soga". Sukegor˘ also plays the role of the ďshű otokodate Teppeki Sh˘hei in the drama "Hana Sugata Sanpukutsui" (the nibanme of "Kuruwa Kuruwa Akinai Soga"), sharing the stage with Fujikawa Heikur˘ (the Naniwa otokodate Akaushi Yasubŕ) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II (the Azuma otokodate Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ) [print].
7th lunar month of 1752: Sukegor˘ plays in the same theater the role of the rebel Abe no Munet˘ in the drama "Moro Tazuna ďshű Kuro"; the role of Abe no Sadat˘ (Munet˘'s brother) is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II.
7th lunar month of 1754: Sukegor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Matsunaga Danj˘ in the drama "Kongen Okuni Kabuki". His stage partners in the roles of ďmi no Okane, Umetada Tokubŕ and Yamamoto Kansuke are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji II and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1754: Sukegor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the ashigaru Kambei (in reality Oni˘ Shinzaemon) in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.
2nd lunar month of 1763: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which is staged at the Moritaza; Sukegor˘ plays the roles of Abe no Munet˘ and Iwate [casting|illustrations]. He also performs in the dance "Ishidatami Wakaba Zakura", which commemorates the memory of late Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, who suddenly died the 12th of the 11th lunar month of 1762. Sukegor˘ is in tears from the beginning to the end of his performance, expressing from the depths of his heart a tearful remorse*. This is also the last stage appearance of Sukegor˘, who falls ill and dies the 13th of the 7th lunar month of 1763
Nakamura Sukegor˘ I was an outstanding tachiyaku and katakiyaku actor, who made a great career in Edo from the Genbun era to the H˘reki era. He excelled in jitsuaku and sum˘tori roles. His performances in duo with ďtani Hiroji II were very popular. His best level in the Edo hy˘banki was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).
(*) Sukegor˘ had a quarrel with the late actor a few weeks before his death. Things settled down and Sanogawa Ichimatsu I agreed to take part in the same kaomise as Sukegor˘. He suddenly died before the beginning of this program.
Nakamura Sukegor˘ I performing in the drama "Na no Hana Sumidagawa", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1759 at the Moritaza
The Nakamura Sukegor˘ line of actors
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