The Queendom of Evlantis has a thriving theater scene. The women’s world has volumes of plays and musicals which were handed down throughout Herstory. New material is always being written. Talented writers and actresses are held in high esteem. Every sector except the Soldier sector has its own community theater groups which put on productions in small venues. They also run soap-opera type shows during the day. Auditions attract women from all the sectors, but if a leading role goes to an actress from the Arts sector, then the success of the production is guaranteed.
The biggest and best of all the theaters in Evlantis is the Amphitheater of the Arts. The brightest stars perform there. The costumes are lavish, and a full time staff is employed to create them, and to keep them clean and well maintained. A variety of entertainment takes place at this venue: classic plays, new works, concerts and even titillating Fanny Dances, where men entertained crowds of women by dancing and removing most of their clothing.
The glory days of the theater were, without a doubt, the years that a slave, Octovin, was allowed to oversee the productions. When he was a young man he was assigned to do heavy work in the theater. He was respectful and charming and soon became a favorite among the crew and actresses. Few women liked to work with the Fanny Dancers, and Herstory records that Octovin offered to take over the task and turned a barely attended pre-festival event into one of the most looked-forward to shows all year. While it wouldn’t be at all acceptable to admit it, many law-abiding citizens not eligible for quickening duty left the Fanny Dances Octovin produced wishing for one last tumble in a chamber.
While Octovin would always be known as the Fanny Dance Master, behind the scenes he became consulted more and more. He had a flair for the dramatic. Productions in which he was heavily involved did well. Though a slave, he managed to create a comfortable life for himself. On his word, actresses rose and fell in fame. By the time he was in his forties he was, in all but name, running the Amphitheater of the Arts.
One of the Queendom’s most beloved stars, Sepheera of the Arts, was one of Octovin’s protégés. The bond between them was so close that Sepheera allowed Octovin to tend to her daughter, Sephora, who in turn, allowed Octovin to tend to her children. There is speculation among citizens about whether Sephora rose to the station of Low Queen of the Arts Sector with Octovin’s counsel, or whether he maintained his standing at the Amphitheater of the Arts because of Sephora.