The play "Kuruwa Bunsh˘" was staged for the first time in the 10th lunar month of 1808 in Edo at the Nakamuraza; the roles of Fujiya Izaemon and ďgiya Yűgiri were played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III and Segawa Senjo [casting].
|"Kuruwa Bunsh˘" is a short play made up of 2 scenes:
Izaemon yearns to rendezvous with his favorite courtesan, Yűgiri, of the Yoshidaya Teahouse. Presently, he is disinherited from his family because of his love for Yűgiri, the most celebrated woman of the gay quarters in ďsaka. He wanders aimlessly around the streets, thinking about Yűgiri. When he learns by chance that she is ill from wanting to meet with him, he becomes determined to see her. Later, Izaemon is irritated by a rumor that Yűgiri has recovered from her illness and been visited by a rich client.
Izaemon goes to Yoshidaya Teahouse where Yűgiri is working. Through Kizaemon's good offices, Izaemon--who was once a rich, young patron of the house--gets a chance to meet Yűgiri. While he is waiting for Yűgiri, he cannot tolerate the idea that she has a new patron and he imagines that they are on good terms with each other in the next room. A sound is heard that makes him dive under the quilt, and he pretends to be asleep as Yűgiri enters. She greets him with fondness and treats him well, but he cannot accept her affections meekly. He is cold and angry while Yűgiri patiently lets his jealousy work itself out so that they are reconciled. At that moment, Izaemon receives the good news that his mother has relented, and he is no longer disinherited. Messengers bring money and other offerings sent by Izaemon╣s mother so that he can redeem Yűgiri. The maids of the teahouse make Yűgiri hasten into wedding clothes and they prepare a wedding feast. Izaemon has been restored to his former respectable position.
This summary has been written by Watanabe Hisao and edited by Jeff Blair [website]
|These 2 actors performed in this play together in the 3rd lunar month of 1854 at the Nakamuraza (at that time, Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII played under the name of Iwai Kumesabur˘ III)
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