David Schwimmer will direct Plantation! at Lookingglass Theatre.
David Schwimmer will direct Plantation! at Lookingglass Theatre.
(© David Gordon)

Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre has announced plans for its 2017-18 season.

The season will open with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times (October 4-January 14), described as a "Dickensian carnival of characters" that "inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown." Artistic director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this coproduction with the Actors Gymnasium.

Next, Friends star and Lookingglass ensemble member David Schwimmer will direct Plantation (February 21-April 22) by Lookingglass ensemble member and playwright Kevin Douglas. In the world premiere, "a Texas matriarch, bless her heart, discovers that the history of the ancestral home is, well…complicated."

The final production will be an adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (May 23-August 19) by ensemble member David Kersnar and Althos Low. Kersnar is set to direct.