Once, when Darryl Wallace was homeless, he said he was so hungry he hallucinated. He went on a job interview, he said, and all he could think about was a "turkey on a tray."
Dwight Fowler used to work as an oceanographer. Then his mother and grandmother died suddenly and he couldn't cope. Today he lives at a downtown shelter.
Gloria Palmer, a mother of six, lived in the Capital City Inn shelter for families before she moved into a housing project.
Sunday at the Biograph Theater in Georgetown, these and more than a dozen other homeless and formerly homeless city residents will tell their stories in a play called "Voices from the Streets."
The play -- actually a series of monologues -- was first performed on the steps of the Capitol in 1986. It has since been staged for several audiences, including Congress.
Sunday's show is the first one in a theater open to the public. For this performance, a group of homeless musicians will also perform.
While the stories and cast have changed over the years, one aspect of the play has remained constant -- it has helped performers regain some confidence and self-worth, said Karen Simon, the director.
The play opens Sunday at 3 p.m. The theater will open at 2 p.m. for donations of sheets, blankets, pillowcases and towels for distribution to transitional homes operated by the Coalition for the Homeless.
Tickets are $8. The show is sponsored by the D.C. Jewish Community Center. The theater is at 2819 M St. NW.