Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is returning to Broadway to helm a new production of the David Hare play THE VERTICAL HOUR, starring Julianne Moore. It will be the American Beauty film-maker's first theatre work since his revival of the musical Gypsy on the New York stage in 2003. The Vertical Hour will focus on post 9/11 politics with Moore playing American war correspondent Nadia Blye, who teaches political studies at Yale University. The actress' last theatrical appearance was in 1992 when she appeared in VANYA - about a rehearsal for the CHEKHOV play UNCLE VANYA. The new play opens in November (06).