“Simply Southern New England” celebrates local culture, business and charm

From majestic ice castles to wintery backyard grills with Chef Nick Rabar and community spotlight on what makes Southern New England such a special place to live, Simply Southern New England is a new style program. of life determined to showcase the heart of local businesses and culture. Best of all, the production team can’t wait to bring back the hometown feel and cultural way of life that all New Englishmen crave after months and months of shutdowns following a global pandemic.

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“We are looking to showcase the people and businesses that make the region what it is,” said producer Alexandra Contos. “Even though the pandemic has put us on hold, there are still ways to be safely connected to our communities and to make sure we all move forward together. “

“I’m delighted that our show producer Alex really wants to go beyond the usual suspects in terms of what we present, and think outside the box and look for undiscovered gems in our community.” . There are so many! ”Show host Rebecca Gibel explained,“ Even in this time of COVID, there is so much to discover. ”

Gibel fell in love with Rhode Island while working for her MFA at Brown University and the Trinity Repertory Company, which she obtained in 2010. Although much of her previous work has been in theater live or narrative television and film, Gibel’s natural curiosity for discovery and a knack for chatting with people at the dog park and the grocery store, make him an ideal host to Simply Southern.

“I was thrilled to move to Rhode Island and be a part of the arts community here because the impact of an artist on a smaller community like this, I think, is far greater than an oversaturated market. in a big city, ”Gibel said. “It was an easy choice to put down roots here because the community is so rich in culture, food and diversity, and the geographic location is just beautiful.”

An all-round performer and artist who has worked across the country, Gibel can be seen recurring on AMC’s “NOS4A2,” with roles in NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” HBO’s “The Plot Against America,” Hulu’s Castle Rock, CBS’s “Blue Bloods” starring Sienna Miller in “American Woman” and starring Mark Wahlberg in Netflix’s “Spenser Confidential”, directed by Peter Berg.

Her voice can be heard in over 100 audiobooks, and now she’s thrilled to tell the stories that give her own community a hometown vibe and lots of character.

“I love getting to know people,” Gibel said. “There is something so human and inspiring about connecting with your immediate community. “

Gibel and her husband, Charlie, are resident actors at Trinity Rep in Providence. Like so many others, they have tried to do their part to support local restaurants and stores during the tough times of COVID-19. Knowing that a household can only have a limited impact, Gibel hopes the platform of a lifestyle program will give him the opportunity to shine a light on people and places that might have been in trouble l ‘last year.

“It’s a show that enriches our own lives and also shows how to reach out to community and enrich others through our actions and intention, so I’m thrilled with that,” Gibel said. “I think it’s just a jumping off point to dive into the local culinary and cultural scene.”

Simply Southern New England hopes to bring back a longed-for sense of normalcy, reminding its audience that life moves forward, people have hope, and local businesses are doing their best to stay alive and rebuild themselves.

“There are a lot of businesses that have used their space to host events and served as a gathering place for the neighborhood, like the Savoy Bookshop, which is featured in the first episode,” Contos said. “And now they’re finding creative ways to keep people safe and connected.”

“Simply Southern New England” will premiere Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. with reminder broadcasts Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on YurView from Cox, Rhode Island. Each edition can also be viewed here on YurView.com.