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VIA: New York Times

The actor, writer, director and producer Tyler Perry has had hits with film adaptations of his plays, including “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.”

He also recently added some star wattage to the film “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” by joining the project as an executive producer. But on Saturday, Mr. Perry announced on his Web site ( that he is returning to the stage with a new play showcasing the tribulations of his most famous character.

“Madea’s Big Happy Family” begins the first leg of its tour on Jan. 4 in El Paso, Tex., and continues through May 9 in cities across the United States.

In the statement Mr. Perry said he was excited to be getting back to work, after taking time off to be with his sick mother, who died on Dec. 8. About his return to the theater, Mr. Perry said, “In the movies, I’m limited, but on stage … FREEEEDDOMMMM!!! LOL.”

“Madea’s Big Happy Family” makes its Atlanta stop at the Fox Theatre April 15 – 18th, 2010.