Athenian theatre was based around political and military power in the 550 BC to 220 BC period. It was also based on religion, granted that theatre was originally used as an offering to the Greek god, Dionysus, the god of fertility and wine. The actors were people who respected religion and political affairs. The entire theatre was initially built to hold religious ceremonies. Special seating was arranged for important guests such as priests and substantial political figures. This is evidence that Athenian theatre was tied to both religion and politics.
Citation: Philips, K. "Ancient Greek Stage". 3/29/00. Rich East High School. 17 Feb 2010. http://www.richeast.org/htwm/Greeks/theatre/stage.html