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A holdover from the early years of theatre is the raked stage. A rake is simply an angled stage or section of stage that is used as acting space. Rakes are the reason the familiar stage directions upstage and downstage are used -- downstage is the lowest part of the rake, while upstage is the highest part.

Rakes are typically constructed in a similar fashion to platforms, using plywood and 2 inch lumber. As when constructing platforms, it is important to make a rake strong enough to support several actors.

Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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