NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Although "The Sopranos" fans lament long gaps between seasons, star Edie Falco says she welcomes them as a chance to pursue other projects.
Falco, who has played mob wife Carmela Soprano on the hit HBO drama for five seasons, is now headlining the revival of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "'Night Mother" at Manhattan's Royale Theatre.
"It is the dream," the Emmy Award-winning actress told UPI when asked what it was like to have the security of a popular TV series and the freedom to act on stage.
"And the truth is, after shooting a year of 'The Sopranos,' I don't mind taking some time off. It's hard work, so I'm able to do that now, in conjunction with other things I want to do because I know that I have something coming up ... and it makes me panic a little bit at the idea of it going away, but something else will happen then."
"The Sopranos" is set to return for a sixth and final season in early 2005.