Julianne Moore will return to the New York stage in the world premiere of "The Vertical Hour" by British playwright David Hare.

Moore will portray a former American war correspondent turned college professor who meets an older man while on vacation in Wales. The play will open Nov. 30 at a Broadway theater to be announced.

It will be directed by Sam Mendes, whose stage work includes the long-running Broadway revival of "Cabaret," "The Blue Room" starring Nicole Kidman, and the Bernadette Peters revival of "Gypsy." The announcement was made Wednesday.

Moore's screen credits include roles in "Far From Heaven," "The End of the Affair," "Boogie Nights" and "The Hours," which has a screenplay by Hare. Her last New York stage appearance was in "Vanya on 42nd Street" in 1992.

Mendes won the best-director Oscar for "American Beauty."

"The Vertical Hour" will be the first time Hare, who also wrote "Plenty," "Amy's View," "The Blue Room," "Skylight" and "The Judas Kiss," has premiered a play in the United States.

"Stuff Happens," Hare's Iraq-war drama, is now in previews at off-Broadway's Public Theater.

It opens April 13.