|MATSUMOTO TOMOJ█Rď II|
Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Kit˘
Existence: dates unknown
Master: Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I
Before 1753: he starts his career as a disciple of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, who gives him the name of Matsumoto Shinkur˘. He learns the art of acting in travelling troupes.
11th lunar month of 1753: Matsumoto Shinkur˘ takes the name of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II at Miyako Handayű's theater, performing as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Hade Musume Bandachi Yakata", which is produced by Yamashita Ugenta II. This is his first stage appearance in ˘shibai.
Fall 1765: Tomojűr˘ goes to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1766: Tomojűr˘ plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Tsuno Moji Izu no Irifune", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I, Ichikawa Somegor˘ and Sawamura Yodogor˘ II.
Fall 1767: Tomojűr˘ goes back to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1767: Tomojűr˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Masaki Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Daikokuten", which is produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Onoe Kumesuke and celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Yasuke and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Tonoi Zakura", whose plot is very close to Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Tomojűr˘ plays the role of Kond˘ Nomorinosuke [casting]. This is his last recorded stage appearance and his last rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).
Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II was active from the 1750s to the 1770s. He was a Kamigata actor specialized in katakiyaku/jitsuaku roles and spent his career either on Ky˘to stages or in travelling troupes. He was not officially a d˘kegata but excelled in comic scenes or parody of serious scenes.
The Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ line of actors
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