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Universal Self – A Multi Media Theater Production

Written & Performed by Kilusan Bautista


Contact: Carlos Iro Burgos at (415) 496-9413 or email

Kilusan Productions Presents


Set within the 1980’s and 90’s, Bay Area, California, UNIVERSAL self takes audiences on a journey of struggle and redemption. During his youth, Kilusan is haunted by a ‘spirit of hate’ that wishes to destroy his self­esteem by influencing him into a helpless, violent and psychologically troubled state of existence. Malakas is an ancestral guardian spirit who exists to guide Kilusan in remembering his true self worth and connection to his people. It is now up to Kilusan to make the right choices as a youth in urban, working class America. Shall he fall victim to the statistics of growing up in a “high risk” environment, polluted with drugs, violence and crime? Or shall Kilusan find his destiny and live a life that possesses knowledge of self?

This show features over 10 different characters all acted out by Kilusan Bautista, a Brooklyn based performance artist who weaves together theater, spoken word poetry, Hip Hop, dance, martial arts, music and animation. Artistic Direction/Choreography by Lia McPherson; Theater Direction by Tony Santa Ana; Music Production by Chuck Mays; Animation Design by Ace & Sons Moving Pictures LLC.

Are you ready to experience a thought provoking, Edu’tainment reality that brings you deeper into the universal family living room, a visionary space that embodies compassion and understanding? UNIVERSAL self will take you to a doorway into the future of multicultural America one story at a time.  The mission of Kilusan Productions is to build cross cultural unity & personal empowerment through the performance arts & education. The vision of UNIVERSAL self is to be produced on a Broadway stage!

Thank you to our community partners: United Playaz/ United Playaz of NY; St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church; Joe Bataan/King of Latin Soul; Anthony Castro/Graphic Designer; Filipino American National Historical Society of Metro NY; Lia McPherson Consulting; Actors Fund Arts Center; DevelopMental Publishing; Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; Maharlika Moderno Filipino/JeepneyNYC.


“Kilusan takes you on his journey, with an intimate honest view set to the soundtrack of his life. Entertaining and inspiring, making you want to create your own universal story.”

-Christine Padilla, United States Congress


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Sahabhaga: Festival of Participatory Performance, India (Nov 30, 2012)

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The Actors Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY (Nov 2nd & 3rd, 2012)


The world premier of Universal Filipino was in the Bronx/New York City, June 2010



February 1, 2011 – Asian American Artist Alliance Town Hall, NY, NY

February 27, 2011 – Atlas Performance Arts Center, Washington D.C. -Shout out to Sulu DC & Holly Bass Performance Projects

March 9, 2011 – Stone Hill College, Massachusetts -Shout out to the HIP HOP CLUB & The Department of Inter-Cultural Affairs

March 20, 2011 – Tokyo, Japan. Shout out to Tony Santa Ana –POSTPONED!

April 14, 2011 – CSU, Dominguez Hills, CA -Shout out to the Multicultural Center

April 15, 2011 – UC Santa Cruz, CA -Shout out to Rainbow Theater

April 16, 2011 – Youth Empowerment Conference, Watsonville, CA

April 17, 2011 – San Quentin State Prison Performance. Shout out to Terry Park and the Prison University Project

April 22, 2011 – La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA. Shout out to Paul Chin

April 23, 2011 – Debug, San Jose, CA. Shout out to Abe Menor and Block to Block Radio

April 27, 2011 – United Playaz Community Center. Downtown San Francisco, CA

May 3, 2011 – 8th Annual San Francisco State University Human Rights Summit. Shout out to the Urban Healing Tour

June 4, 2011 – UniPro Summit, St. John University, NYC

June 7, 2011 – Asian American Artist Alliance Town hall, NYC

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