Shōsuke Nakawa


Shōsuke Nakawa

Shōsuke Nakawa (奈河彰輔 Nakawa Shōsuke?, b. 1931) is a Japanese playwright and theater director. Under the name Yoshizō Nakagawa (中川芳三 Nakagawa Yoshizō?), he serves as an advisor to the Shōchiku Corporation which produces kabuki, and is heavily involved in reviving Kamigata kabuki traditions. He is also head of the Kamigata Kabuki-juku (school) and actively works with actor Ichikawa Ennosuke III on reviving old kabuki plays[1] Nakawa has been described as a walking dictionary of Kamigata kabuki information.[2]

Nakawa is originally from Osaka, and graduated from Osaka University. He has been granted a number of awards, including the Ōtani Takejirō Award, Matsuo Performing Arts Award, Osaka Citizens' Public Recognition Cultural Services Award, and Osaka Performing Arts Award.[2]

Original plays he has written include Okuri hangan kurumagaidō (小栗判官車街道, "Inspector Okuri's Interstate"), Haji-momiji ase no kaomise (慙紅葉汗顔見勢, "Kaomise of Ashamed Autumn Leaves"), and Hitoritabi Gojūsantsugi (獨道中五十三駅, "One man journey, 53 Stations").

References

  1. ^ Global Performing Arts Consortium. Nakawa Shōsuke Profile. Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD). 1998-2006. Accessed 31 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b Nakawa Shōsuke. About the Author section of article "Kamigata Kabuki: Omoide no Haiyū - Kataoka Nizaemon XII" (上方歌舞伎・想い出の俳優 十二世片岡仁左衛門). Kabuki-bito.jp. 27 March 2007. Accessed 31 January 2009.

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