While theaters are busy trying to keep their audiences entertained with streaming and emails, they are also quietly preparing for the return of live theater at their venues. Tom Holehan, the artistic director of Square One in Stratford, said his theater is planning for a November reopening. \u201cWe\u2019re going to start with the season that we didn\u2019t get to do when we had to close,\u201d he said. \u201cWe had just started performances of A.R. Gurney\u2019s \u2018The Dining Room\u2019 when we had to close. We will start with that production, which has been hanging around like a ghost and we\u2019ll follow that up with \u2018Agnes of God.\u2019 \u201d He paused and added, \u201cThis is the first time in nearly 40 years that I haven\u2019t been directing a show.\u201d One of the fun things that Square One will be doing in addition to continuing the season is to offer the first 100 patrons face masks that display the Square One. \u201cWe\u2019ve been streaming productions and we will have another coming up soon,\u201d Holehan said. \u201cOur patrons are enjoying them and we also keep in touch via emails. Happily, we will be returning to our location at the Stratford Academy.\u201d Said Jeff Dunn, executive director at the Landmark Community Theatre in Thomaston, \u201cIt\u2019s not easy to get an audience back.\u201d Dunn knows from first-hand experience. When the theater formerly known as the Thomaston Opera House closed in 2010 and reopened as Landmark in 2012, the hiatus was long enough to disrupt the habitual attendance the theater had experienced. \u201cYou don\u2019t just say, \u2018Hey, we\u2019re back; here we are,\u2019 and your audiences return,\u201d Dunn said. \u201cIt takes a lot of time and a lot of hard work to get them back.\u201d Dunn added that many people find other forms of entertainment and activities to keep them busy when a theater shuts down. Sharon Wilcox Houk, producing artist director at Torrington\u2019s Warner Theatre, agrees. \u201cIt\u2019s not only about people finding other activities to replace their theater habits, but also about being streamed out. We have to rebuild and reinvent ourselves,\u201d she said. Houk has been brainstorming with others at the Warner on just how to do that. For instance, plans are in the works for partnering with other local organizations for at least two outdoor events. They would be family-friendly, and held during the day and early evening. \u201cOutdoors will be more likely to draw an audience,\u201d she said adding that you can only watch so many streamed shows while acknowledged streaming will be permanent. \u201cYou just can\u2019t do the same shows that other theaters are doing,\u201d she said. \u201cWe already have an international festival of new plays, but we\u2019d like to have an international festival of new plays by young playwrights. We need young audiences.\u201d The Warner has already started a series of one night-only live streamed readings, which have been well received. \u201cWe follow the presentation with a questionnaire asking viewers if they would like to see the reading produced as a completely staged production. Most of the responses are positive,\u201d said Houk. One thing is for certain, all of our local theaters are busy planning for the future. They want their audiences to return and they want to welcome new audiences as well. While all seems quiet on the theater landscape, what\u2019s going on inside is creating the best theater ever. Joanne Greco Rochman is a founder of the Connecticut Critics Circle and a longtime member of the American Theater Critics Association.