Lupita Nyong'o was reportedly forced to stop mid-performance during show Eclipsed after spotting an audience member filming her monologue on a mobile phone.
The Star Wars actress was apparently in mid-flow, but stopped talking, and glared at the theatregoer when she noticed she was being filmed on Saturday night (04Jun16) at the John Golden Theatre, according to a report in Page.Six.com
Eclipsed is a play written by The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira. It takes place in 2003 and tells the story of five Liberian women and their tale of survival near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War. It became the first play with an all-black and female creative cast and team to premiere on Broadway.
"During Act I, a woman in the first row started video recording the performance on her iPhone," a source told PageSix.com. "When Tony-nominated star Lupita Nyong'o noticed, she stopped her monologue, and, in character, glared at the woman for what felt like two minutes. The audience was stunned. It sure made things more dramatic."
During the intermission, the woman's phone was confiscated.
A spokesperson told PageSix.com that performances of the play have been plagued by "chronic photo-taking and video-making" throughout the show, focused on star Lupita.
Lupita, 33, who has been starring in the critically acclaimed Broadway show for several months, is nominated for one of six Tony Awards the play is in the running for in next Sunday's ceremony (12Jun16) and she has already earned an Off-Broadway Theater Award (Obie) for her role.
Meanwhile, Danai was also honoured with the Sam Norkin Award at the Drama Desk Awards on Sunday night (05Jun16) for "bringing a fresh new voice to American theatre".