“After the Wizard” is a heartfelt, often humorous and always entertaining story about a 12-year-old girl named Elizabeth who lives in an orphanage in Kingman, Kansas. Like millions of girls her age she has read the beloved L. Frank Baum novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” countless times. But unlike other girls, Elizabeth believes she is Dorothy...and maybe she is.
With Elizabeth referring to herself as Dorothy and constantly looking for Toto and a way back to Oz, the headmistress at the orphanage worries about Elizabeth and fears that she is losing touch with reality.
Meanwhile back in Oz things have not gone well for the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman or the Lion. Oz is in trouble and they believe Dorothy is the one person who can help save their home, just as she did before. Only this time they have to find her.
The Tin Woodman and Scarecrow embark on an incredible cross country adventure as they leave Oz to search for Dorothy in Kansas. Traveling by hot air balloon, train, bus and foot, the endearing duo find themselves lost in a world full of colorful strangers who are familiar with them, including a group of New Jersey schoolchildren they mistake for Munchkins and a wise Southern blind man who guides them on their journey.
An unforgettable story unfolds as the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman search for and are reunited with Dorothy…the kind of story that lives on in the imagination and hearts of people forever.
DIRECTOR AND CAST BIOS
HUGH GROSS - WRITER/DIRECTOR.
Hugh Gross is the writer and director of “After the Wizard,” a feature length family film based on the iconic “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” characters created by L. Frank Baum. Marking his feature film directorial debut, “After the Wizard” had its World Premiere screening in Kingman, Kansas on July 2, 2011 and was released theatrically in Los Angeles, Kansas City and Kingman on August 10, 2012. An accomplished novelist and playwright, Gross penned “Same Bed, Different Dreams,” winner of the inaugural Mid-List Press.
His play “Hilly Cohen and The Sounds of New York” was produced at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and published by International Readers’ Theatre. “Freedom Rider,” a musical Hugh wrote with composer Marijane Zimmerli, was produced by Phillips Temple CME Church in Los Angeles. “Stated Income,” a comedy, was produced at the Pan Andreas Theatre. Gross is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Authors Guild, Pen West and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights
Jordan Van Vranken currently stars in “After the Wizard,” a feature length family film based on the iconic “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” characters created by L. Frank Baum. Quickly becoming “one to watch,” the beautiful young talent also appears in the Cameron Diaz comedy “Bad Teacher.” The winner of the 2011 Young Artist Award for Best Actress in a Voice Over for her role of Ripley in the WB web series “Chadam,” Jordan was also recognized at the 2010 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Series for her guest starring role in “Criminal Minds.” Credits also include episodes of “The Unit” and Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush,” as well as more than 20 independent films.
JORDAN VAN VRANKEN as Elizabeth/Dorothy.
JERMEL NAKIA as the Scarecrow.
Jermel Nakia stars as the Scarecrow in feature film “After the Wizard.” Multi-talented, Nakia starred in the thought-provoking and fun film “The Sacred Broccoli Uprising.” His credits also include the short film “The One Who Wears Red,” the hit television series “24,” and “Mind of Mencia” on Comedy Central. Jermel starred with Irma P. Hall just this April in “A Lesson Before Dying” at the African-American Repertory Theatre in Dallas-Fort Worth. His many stage credits include performances of such classics as “A Raisin in the Sun.”