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Washington wants more stage roles

Denzel Washington is planning to spend a lot more time on the Broadway stage now that his children are grown up.

The Tony- and Oscar-winning actor, who is set to portray Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin In The Sun, is lately finding more time for theatre work.

"Up until nine years ago, I hadn't been here in 15 years, from 1990 until 2005. Basically, that was because of raising my kids, my wife and I," he said.

"It's impossible to commute from California to New York, or New York to California doing an eight-show week schedule. So once they got old enough, I could start coming back."

Denzel last appeared on Broadway in the 2010 revival of August Wilson's Fences, where he picked up a best actor Tony.

Before coming back to Broadway in 2005 to play Brutus in Julius Caesar, he had not appeared on a Broadway stage since 1988.

"I've been back three times in nine years. And I'll be back again, hopefully," the actor said.

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