The whole stage is built that way so that the actors are always off balance.

When you are working on a raked stage, from the sitting audience it looks like it goes straight up. It’s raised so that we are sloped down toward you. It’s not flat, it goes upward, two or three inches higher than the audience, we’re raised up. The whole stage is built that way so that the actors are always off balance. I chose to do things physically by putting my weight on one toe. I was in balance on that stage, I was playing a cripple with no physical toll. I was figuring out what to do so it didn’t kill me.

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