On Monday October 5, 1767, the ship Sally docked at Philadelphia, carrying among its passengers Jacob Durang, formerly a French soldier in the Régiment Suisse de Waldner. Jacob had been assigned to the medical corps, where, according to his son’s Memoir, “he made some proficiency in the skill and knowledge of surgeory.” With his young […]
Biography of John Durang
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While theatrical entertainments were few at this point in Philadelphia’s history (see Surviving the Revolutionary War), John Durang particularly remembered one performance in these days of theatrical sterility: “a dramatic performance by Wall and Ryan and Company; they had among them a Mr. Rusell, a dancer. I saw him dance a hornpipe which charmed my […]
After his Boston, Philadelphia, and New York stage experiences, John Durang was ready to produce his own theatre – of sorts. Apparently, his room in his parents’ home was a perfect staging ground for him; it “had the appearance of a museum decorated with a great collection of paintings, a variety of instruments of music, […]
After his first New York season with the Old American Company (OAC), John Durang, now a professional man of the stage, returned to Philadelphia in August 1786 to complete some personal business: he was in love. Before he had left for New York, he had hired the theatre’s band to serenade “a young lady for […]