|NAKAMURA NAKAZď II|
Nakamura Nakaz˘ II
Nickname: Maruya Jicch˘
Guilds: Masauraya, Maruya
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: T˘shű, Jicch˘
Existence: 1759 ~ 7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1796
Master: ďtani Hiroji III
Adopted son: ďtani Oniji IV
1st lunar month of 1770: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Ichimuraza, where he receives the name of ďtani Eisuke.
11th lunar month of 1778: ďtani Eisuke takes the name of ďtani Haruji II and becomes wakashugata.
9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrates the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I; Oniji plays the role of Nishikido no Tar˘ [more details].
8th lunar month of 1793: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa" (commonly called "Oniji Hy˘shimai" in the Kabuki repertoire); Oniji plays the role of Osada Tar˘ [casting].
10th lunar month of 1794: due to some financial difficulties, the salaries of all the actors are drastically reduced. Oniji's yearly salary for the coming season is set to 250 ry˘ after a reduction of 80.
11th lunar month of 1794: ďtani Oniji III takes the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ II at the Miyakoza, playing in Namiki Gohei I's kaomise drama "Uru˘ Tosshi Meika no Homare", which welcomes in Edo the actors Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Nakamura Noshio II and the ďsaka playwright Namiki Gohei I.
9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Nakaz˘ plays the roles of Mokusokan and the yakko Tomohei in the latter theater [casting].
11th lunar month of 1796: Nakaz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Miyakoza, playing in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji". He suddenly falls ill and quickly dies. His tombstone is located in the precincts of the K˘tokuji in the district of Asakusa.
Nakamura Nakaz˘ II was a talented and promising jitsuaku actor of the second half of the eighteenth century. Although he had no conection with Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and was from the ďtani clan, he had the privilege to take the prestigious name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ II. He unfortunately died too young before reaching the peak of his career. T˘shűsai Sharaku made his most famous print with him.
Nakamura Nakaz˘ II playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1852
The ďtani Haruji line of actors
The ďtani Oniji line of actors
The Nakamura Nakaz˘ line of actors
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