Play title:
The Courier for Hell / Meido no hikyaku / 冥途の飛脚

Play Title: The Courier for Hell / Meido no hikyaku / 冥途の飛脚
Author(s): Chikamatsu Monzaemon
First Staged: 1711
Bibliography: Major Plays of Chikamatsu, translated by Donald Keene, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1961); Hironaga, Shūzaburō, The Bunraku Handbook (Tokyo: Maison des Arts, 1976); Bunraku February 1985 Performance Program

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ID: 517_2_1212_1301
Type: slide
Production: Marty Gross Film Production
Scene: The Misappropriation (of Money)

ID: 517_2_1213_1302
Type: slide
Production: Marty Gross Film Production
Scene: The Misappropriation (of Money)

ID: 517_2_1214_1303
Type: slide
Production: Marty Gross Film Production
Scene: The Misappropriation (of Money)

ID: 517_2_1215_1304
Type: slide
Production: Marty Gross Film Production
Scene: The Misappropriation (of Money)

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Date Place
1964 November not recorded
1972 February National Theatre of Japan
1973 October Asahiza
1973 November National Theatre of Japan
1977 October Asahiza
1980 July Asahiza
1980 Marty Gross Film Production n/a
1981 February National Theatre of Japan
1983 December Bunraku Kanshō Kyōshitsu National Theatre of Japan
1985 February National Theatre of Japan
1986 October National Bunraku Theatre
1988 February National Theatre of Japan
1991 August National Bunraku Theatre
1993 February National Theatre of Japan
1996 July National Bunraku Theatre

Scenes

EnglishJapanese日本語
The Kameya Express Agency at Awajimachi Awajimachi 淡路町
The Haori Falls Off Haori Otoshi 羽織落し
The Misappropriation (of Money) Fūingiri 封印切
The Travel in a Palanquin Michiyuki aiai kago 道行相合かご
The Village of Ninokuchi Ninokuchimura 新口村

Characters

EnglishJapanese日本語
Ihei Tedai Ihei 手代伊兵衛
Jinnai Kunizamurai Jinnai 国侍甚内
Myokan Haha Myōkan 母妙閑
Chubei Kameya Chūbei 亀屋忠兵衛
Man Gejo Man 下女まん
Hachiemon Tanbaya Hachiemon 丹波屋八右衛門
Baggage transport manager Sairyō 宰領
Supervisor of courtesans Kasha 花車
Courtesan Umegawa Keisei Umegawa 傾城(遊女)梅川
Courtesan Chiyotose Keisei Chiyotose 傾城(遊女)千代歳
Courtesan Narutose Keisei Narutose 傾城(遊女)鳴渡瀬
Girl attendant to a courtesan Kamuro 禿
Jester Gohei Taikomochi Gohei 太鼓持五兵衛
Palanquin bearer Kagoya 駕屋
Hachiemon's messangers Hachiemon no Tsukai 八右衛門の使
Rin, a maid Nakai Rin 仲居りん
Tama, a maid Nakai Tama 仲居たま
Horse drivers Umakata 馬方