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Tired celebs show up in NYC for '24 Hour Plays'

By By MARK KENNEDY

NEW YORK (AP) — The stars were out in force on Broadway — and they were frantic.

The coffee-fueled benefit performance of "The 24 Hour Plays" was held Monday at the American Airlines Theatre, an annual event in which two dozen actors — this time including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, James McAvoy, Jason Biggs and Zachary Levi — teamed up with six writers and six directors to write and rehearse a half-dozen plays over a single day.

The six playwrights include David Lindsay-Abaire, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Lynn Nottage, Theresa Rebeck, Rachel Axler and a sophomore from New York University who won a spot.

Some of the other stars who showed up included David Cross, Rachel Dratch, Rosie Perez, Tim Daly, Anthony Mackie, Jordin Sparks, Josh Lucas, Jay Pharoah and Maggie Q .

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