Whether we want to admit it or not, I believe that every storyteller has been truly frightened during a performance. You know, when you get one of those crowds that clearly wants to be anywhere else and blames you for wasting their valuable time.
The most frightened I've ever been was in 7th grade when I was asked to perform a 10-minute story in front of the 200 8th graders at my school, kids who normally wouldn't have noticed me if I had burst into flames walking down the hall. I told what I thought was a funny story...and never got a sound out of any of them. It was like having 400 laser beams burning holes in you for ten minutes.
I am just interested to know if any of you would like to share your most "frightening" performance...or audience.