Julianne Moore has been set to star in “The Vertical Hour,” a David Hare play to be directed by Sam Mendes that will premiere on Broadway Nov. 30.
Robert Fox and Scott Rudin will produce with Mendes’ Neal Street Prods.
“Hour” will be the first of Hare’s nine Broadway plays not to debut in London. A Shubert theater will be secured shortly.
Moore will play Nadia Blye, an American war correspondent-turned-academic who teaches political studies at Yale. While on holiday with a boyfriend, she meets an Englishman who challenges her beliefs and shakes up her relationship.
“Hour” draws on post-9/11 politics, as did Hare’s last play, “Stuff Happens,” which dealt with the decisionmaking process that went into the war in Iraq. That play begins previews next week at the Public Theater in New York.
The play principals are all connected through previous projects. Mendes directed and Fox and Rudin produced Hare’s play “The Blue Room.” Fox and Rudin also produced the Hare-scripted adaptation of “The Hours,” which co-starred Moore.
“The Vertical Hour” marks Moore’s first stage starring performance in New York since 1992’s “Vanya on 42nd Street.”