What is a raked stage?

A raked stage is a platform arranged at an angle so the upstage end (or end furthest from the audience) is higher than the down stage end (closer to the audience). If imagining this is difficult, try picturing placing a tennis ball on the floor of a stage. On a raked stage, the ball would roll towards the audience. Raked stages are often effective at:
* Bringing the performance closer to an audience giving a more intimate feel * Highlighting the human form * Making a performance visible for all audience members regardless of how far back, or high up, they are sitting.