Broadway's Audra McDonald Calls Out Theatergoer Who Took a Photo of Her Nude Onstage: 'Not Cool'
The Tony Award winner called out an audience member for taking a photo of her during her nude scene
Audra McDonald has a few words for a theatergoer who took a photo of her naked on a Broadway stage.
The six-time Tony Award-winning actress, 49, shared her thoughts on Twitter Sunday in which she wrote, “To whoever it was in the audience that took a flash photo during our nude scene today: Not cool. Not cool at all.”
McDonald stars as Frankie in the Terrence McNally play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, opposite Michael Shannon, who plays Johnny.
The play opens with a graphic scene depicting sex between a couple.
Taking photographs during Broadway shows is prohibited. Reps for the Broadway play did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
McDonald opened up about the intimate scene in an interview with The New York Times in June saying she was always on high alert on stage.
“Maybe strippers get real used to it, but for me, there’s nothing normal about that,” McDonald said of getting naked on stage. “So there’s nowhere in my mind that I can drift off and let this just kind of happen because everything about it is demanding that you be present.”
This role is McDonald’s first nude scene onstage. She’s had nude scenes in film before in 2011’s Rampart with Woody Harrelson.
“It was literally like, ‘Hi, nice to meet you, I’m Woody,’ ‘Hi, nice to meet you, I’m Audra,’ and then we started shooting,” McDonald told the Times.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is currently running at the Broadhurst Theater in New York City.